Trump’s Muslim ban (2017) was issued by US President Donald Trump on Friday afternoon on January 27th 2017. It stops those from entering the US who are:
- non-Christian Syrian refugees;
- refugees from anywhere for 120 days;
- citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for 90 days.
The seven countries are all Muslim-majority and account for 82% of the Muslim refugees who come to the US, most of them countries the US itself has screwed up.
The order was issued on Holocaust Remembrance Day, in which Trump remembered the Holocaust but not the Jews.
President Trump said the order was to keep out “radical Islamic terrorists”:
“We don’t want them here. We want to ensure that we are not admitting into our country the very threats our soldiers are fighting overseas.”
Only 6% of terrorist suspects in the US are Muslim (based on FBI numbers for 2008 to 2012).
Of Muslim terrorists who have carried out deadly attacks in the US since 1975, 0% come from those seven countries:
- The 9/11 terrorists came from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates. Not on the list.
- Muslim terrorists since 9/11 have come from Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Egypt and the US states of Washington, Oklahoma, Illinois, Tennessee, Ohio, Virginia and New York. Not on the list.
Ill-conceived and badly executed: Trump did not ask for the opinion of experts from the government departments of State, Justice or Homeland Security, nor did he give them advance warning – the very people who know something and who would carry it out. He did not even wait for his own people to be in place to carry it out.
- A five-year-old was held apart from his mother like he was a terrorist.
- An Iraqi translator, who received death threats for working with the US military and was promised entry to the US, was being turned back.
- Those with green cards, which let them live and work in the US, were not let in unless it was in the “national interest”- even though most of them presumably have jobs, businesses or families in the US for which they are responsible. Trump later backed off of this part.
- Government lawyers were unprepared to defend it when it was challenged in court.
- Trump fired Sally Yates, the acting attorney general, an Obama holdover who refused to defend the order, what Trump sees as being “weak”.
From 2004 to 2015 Donald Trump played a savvy business executive on US “reality” television.
The good news, for those who see Trump as a proto-fascist, is that he respected the court orders, which put part of the ban on hold.
Barring people by religion is unconstitutional. Trump’s campaign rhetoric makes clear that barring Muslims is his intent. It is what Jesus or the Two Corinthians would do, apparently.
Barring people by nationality is perfectly legal. It was a common US practice from 1882 to 1965. The US stopped partly because it created ill-will with its allies.
Blue state, red state: airports, mainly in blue states on the east and left coast, filled with thousands of protesters. Meanwhile in red-state Texas a mosque burned.
– Abagond, 2017.
Update (February 4th): a Republican judge in Washington state has put a stop to the Muslim ban nationwide:
- The state is home to Microsoft and Boeing, which oppose the ban. So do the state’s universities.
- The Department of Homeland Security could not show a single case where any of the hundreds of thousands of refugees let in since 9/11 had killed anyone in the US in a terrorist attack.
- The ban was ruled unconstitutional, as going against the establishment of religion clause of the First Amendment.
- The case for the ban was further damaged when it was found that someone in the State Department, presumably under orders from Trump, had secretly invalidated 60,000 to 100,000 visas as a way to get round earlier court rulings.
The Trump Administration says it will fight the ruling in court. If Trump had listened to Sally Yates instead of firing her, he could have avoided all of this.
- Donald Trump
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