Banning People from 7 Muslim Nations Probably Isn't a Good Idea

Stephen Crowley/The New York Times
(Source)-  President Trump’s executive order on immigration quickly reverberated through the United States and across the globe on Saturday, slamming the border shut for an Iranian scientist headed to a lab in Boston, an Iraqi who had worked for a decade as an interpreter for the United States Army, and a Syrian refugee family headed to a new life in Ohio, among countless others. 

Around the nation, security officers at major international gateways had new rules to follow, though the application of the order appeared uneven. Humanitarian organizations scrambled to cancel long-planned programs, delivering the bad news to families who were about to travel. Refugees who were on flights when the order was signed were detained at airports.

Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Libya.

Sorry for using "FAKE NEWS" in my snippet above to get you up to speed. Anyways, I don't know what I expected. I don't know what he is expecting. But, by barring people from entering the United States of America because they come from a country that is majority Muslim, Trump has created a new group of people that hate America. 

Take a step back and look a this new scenario. You're from Iraq and are currently on the fence when it comes to your view of this nation. We can sometimes be ignorant and somewhat imperialistic, but we try to do the best for the majority of the people involved. You are thinking of coming to the US because you want a better life and are nervous of ISIS encroachment. Now, you cannot come into this country simply because you are from a country where the majority of the citizens are Muslim. Would that not fuel your hate for us? Would that not make you resent everyone that is currently residing here?

I don't know what is going to happen and I'm not pretending to be a political correspondent. Are there people from those countries who may not have the best of intentions? Sure. But are ALL of them bad people? Absolutely not. I can say with confidence that I am way more nervous about some crazy white American male shooting up my classroom than I am of a refugee from Yemen blowing me up. 

One man who was detained for 19 hours at an airport was an Iraqi man, Hameed Khalid Darweesh. He happened to previously work as an interpreter for the United States government in Iraq.

“What I do for this country? They put the cuffs on,” Mr. Darweesh said. “You know how many soldiers I touch by this hand?”

The one good thing about this is the ban is only for 90 days and would have to be reimplemented after the time is up, which after all of this backlash, probably wouldn't happen. The system should be as tight as it possibly can be to make sure that only good natured people are coming to this country, but banning everyone from these nations all together is a horrible idea.

While writing this blog, I just learned that Iran has banned US Citizens from entering the country. I don't find this surprising at all. Apparently there are diplomats from other countries such as Iraq that are mulling the idea of doing the same thing that Iran has done. Let me remind you that there are currently around 5,000 United States soldiers in Iraq fighting ALONGSIDE Iraqi forces to defeat ISIS. These do not seem to be bad people.

You can't ban 134,000,000 people just because you are scared.


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