Donald Parker | Staff Writer
Welcome to Donald Trump’s America. Trump has been president for less than a month and has already signed 19 executive orders. Perhaps the most controversial executive order is the 120-day suspension of the refugee program and a 90-day ban on travel to the U.S. from citizens of seven countries: Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Sudan.
The travel ban, informally known as the Muslim ban, has affected the lives of millions of citizens and refugees from the seven countries as well as American citizens travelling to and from those countries.
Not only have refugees and citizens from the countries listed on the ban been denied entry into the United States, but those with green cards and visas were also denied entry and several people in United States were deported.
Many Americans feel this executive order discriminates against those of Middle Eastern descent and Muslims.
A CBS News poll determined that a majority of Americans, at 51 percent, disapprove of the ban, while 45 percent approve. On the same poll, 57 percent of those polled think the refugee ban goes against the United States’ founding principles.
Not only does this travel ban go against the very foundation that this country was built on, it unfairly targets millions of people of Middle Eastern descent, especially those who are Muslim.
“Most of this country was comprised by immigrants from different places,” said Jordan Maynard, a senior electrical engineering major from Bowie, Maryland. She also added, “Trump is going directly at Muslims. He cannot infringe on one’s religion and neither can the government because that is church and state.”
To make things more interesting, President Trump’s list of countries on the travel ban does not include Egypt and Saudi Arabia, the two countries where the terrorists that carried out the attacks on 9/11 originated, which have ties to the president’s business interests.
This has been a common issue many citizens have with Trump, as many Americans feel he should not continue to have his business interests along with the country’s interests as outlined by the Emoluments Clause of the United States Constitution.
The fact that Trump conveniently chose to leave out those two countries from the travel ban because of his business interests is unconstitutional.
“It only shows how crooked Donald Trump really is,” said Cameron Smith, a sophomore biology major from Suffolk, Virginia. “He’s not only going against the foundation that makes America great, he’s completely dividing this country.”
So far, we are nearly 3 weeks into Trump’s presidency and we have already taken major steps backwards as a country. The immigration ban is by far the biggest step backwards.