The Muslim Ban That Wasn’t

Valentin Fernandez

Trump’s executive order on immigration bans citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for the next 90 days and suspends the admission of all refugees for 120 days. Trump’s order bars citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering the U.S. These countries have gotten help from the U.S for years and have sent thousands of refugees who seek protection from war. Trump’s orders have gotten out of hand with less than a month in office. The ban of these seven countries is wrong and should have not been applied no matter what regards.

Although some people may say the ban of these seven countries is good because we have helped them enough, they have forgotten that we all have basic rights and should help each other out. During the U.S. revolution the colonists said in the Declaration of Independence “All men are created equal.” which means that regardless of religion people will be equal. The ban  would contradict the Declaration of Independence.      

The Muslim people have fled their countries and trying to find safe places, such as the U.S. We are demanding safety from these people. What does banning access to the United States do to these people? Well in some cases, like refugees from Iraq, innocent civilians will be killed, kidnapped or even have their family separated. Multiple businesses have taken action into their own hands to oppose Trump’s Muslim ban. According to Starbucks will hire 10,000 refugees in response to Trump’s Muslim ban. The ban brought controversy, but it also unites people to fight for what is right. Two thirds of the population  believes that banning Muslims is wrong because families need a safe place just like everyone else.

We are all humans until race disconnects us and religion separates us. One third of the population has agreed with Trump’s ban on Muslim countries, because they feel safer. If a supporter of the ban can tell the difference between a Christian and a KKK member, then they can tell the difference between Muslims and Terrorists/ISIS members. Not only does this legislation affect people from the Muslim community, but  affects all immigrants. The ban has nothing but racism written all over it. People’s defense for  agreeing with the ban is that they feel safer. But what exactly do they feel safe from? Is it the fact that they stereotype  all Muslims as terrorist? It does not make sense to stereotype someone by their race, religion, or the mistakes their past ancestors made. People should be viewed of  what they bring to the table and the respect they show as an individual not as a race, religion, or their past.

     If  Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen people have been the first of Trump’s target to ban from the United States who knows who will get banned next. These people are called refugees for a reason they need help from the United States and we are just turning our backs on them. Trump’s ban is being hypocritical and not treating everyone equal. We as a nation should not allow Trump to treat any race the way he wants. We need to be the change.