Land of the Free (except Muslims)

To many of us in the liberal community, the first week of the Trump presidency came with the policies which we had found the most repugnant in his campaign.

In such a short time, Trump has signed policies which deny a woman’s right to control her own body, policies which do not allow the government to reform economic policies without abolishing others, policies that seem to endorse the Keystone Pipeline, and halting all federal hiring even though as president he still has people to hire, and also policies which make building the wall a priority.

While these policies will have some truly awful consequences for many minorities living in the United States, Trump’s oppression of those unlike him did not cease. On Friday, Jan 27, Donald Trump condemned the lives of thousands of innocent people seeking refuge in the United States, including children, by signing the Executive Order – Protecting The Nation From Terrorist Attacks by Foreign Nationals.

This bill is the result of perhaps the most hot-button topic in contemporary American society: terrorism. According to the bill itself (as available online), the sole purpose of it is to “to protect its citizens from foreign nationals who intend to commit terrorist attacks in the United States.”

While I have much to say about the ethical problems within this order, I will argue that the order itself cannot and will not do what President Trump claims and hopes it will do. First, if the inspiration to do something like this is to prevent terrorism in the U.S., it would seem that what you specifically do not want to do is partake in things which fuel terrorist forces. Perhaps the most internationally known country on the list which the order says are banned from

First, if the inspiration to do something like this is to prevent terrorism in the U.S., it would seem that what you specifically do not want to do is partake in things which fuel terrorist forces. Perhaps the most internationally known country on the list which the order says are banned from entrance to the U.S. is Syria, which has been in the midst of a civil war for some years now.

For those of you who are not fully aware of this conflict, the basic fact of the matter is that a large group of rebels have come together to combat the Assad regime, the government. Contrary to popular belief, ISIS is not an agent in the Syrian Civil War; what they have done is take advantage of the government’s distraction with the war to capture particular areas of the country. So, if you are a Syrian, you have 3 forces you could join; the rebels, the government, or the 3rd party ISIS. Many Syrians do not wish to choose sides in these matters and are instead mere civilians who only wish to continue living their lives.

The horrific truth of the Syrian war is that it is hardly a war between forces, rather, it has shown to be a war against civilians. Daily, schools are bombed by the government, cafes explode as a result of suicide bombings, and people roam the streets with guns ready to kill. This is no way for anyone to live and as it seems that the conflict has no pressing resolutions, the civilians flee the country to escape death itself.

So, in not allowing people to enter the U.S., there are 2 possibilities; either they return to their country and are murdered or they join one of the forces for mere survival. As such, if terrorism is what we are wanting to stop, how does it make sense to fuel the terrorist forces with more people to recruit? Furthermore, ISIS is notorious for being able to recruit not only Muslims from countries

Furthermore, ISIS is notorious for being able to recruit not only Muslims from countries abroad, but also Muslims currently living in the United States. If we are establishing policies which are setting a precedent that this country doesn’t want Muslims or even Arabs here, how should such a policy make the communities within America feel?

For an example of how this situation may alienate a Muslim-American, consider that there is a young man somewhere in this country whose family was not able to make the journey with him. Although he was raised by someone else in the states, his family is in the process of obtaining citizenship. According to this bill, it is completely legal that the federal government can revoke all of the progress in regards to citizenship the family has made rather they have just got here from the Middle-East or they have been in the U.S. for 2 years and are finalizing the process. By this bill, this family will not be granted their rightful citizenship and will be forced to return to their respective country.

In doing this, we have shown the young man that this country doesn’t care about him or his family because they “might be dangerous”. This causes resentfulness towards the United States, which is exactly what ISIS wants. In establishing these policies, we are making even more people hate America, which could absolutely lead to terrorism not because of their religion, but because we have done them wrong.

In this article, I am only focusing on the policy issues of this bill and have not mentioned the monstrous, unethical, unchristian, and unamerican components of it. Truly, these types of things are more of what people are upset about as am I. To all of my dear Muslim and Middle Eastern friends, I hope that you know that you are loved and that this cruel man and his cruel policy is not what this country stands for.

– Austin Falin

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