The newly elected President of the United States, Mr. Donald Trump has signed an executive order on Friday, and this directive has immediately been described as a “Muslim ban.” However, his staff and the members of the Republican party have rushed to respond to these accusations by trying to explain the “actual nature” of the new document. Somewhat unsuccessfully, they defended the ideas of Mr. Trump, but it remains to be seen if the new executive order will survive the legal challenges that await it. Several high-profile politicians have stated that this order is illegal and also shameful to the American principles and traditions of accepting refugees, and the media in the USA were also bewildered by the signing of such a document.
What Is Contained In This Particular Executive Order?
The so-called “Muslim ban” is an official statement from the President to all government agencies which have to abide by its rules and directives. In this particular case, Trump’s order prevents traveling to the United States for the next 90 days to the residents of seven countries from the Middle East. Since all the nations on the list are Muslim-majority countries, it is evident how the (un)popular nickname came to be. In other words, people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, and Syria who seek assistance fleeing from the aggressive regime of the ISIS will no longer be accepted in the US.
To put things into perspective, Syria is the country that, affected by war, had deported more than 12.000 refugees over the Atlantic in the last year. However, because of the threat that “radical Islamic terrorists” pose to homeland security, this new executive order will lower the cap on the number of immigrants that will be accepted in the States. Following the new directive, “only” 50.000 refugees will be allowed, which is twice as lower than the previously planned 110.000
How Do Americans Feel About This?
According to the latest polls, 49% of the population are supporting the new executive order while the rest of them are “strongly” or “somewhat” against it. Judging by those numbers, it seems that the American nation has lost its sense of hospitality and generosity, and safety concerns are taking precedent in their attitude towards people from other countries. What is interesting to notice is that countries such as Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates are not on the “list,” and we all know that the attackers on 9/11 came from those particular nations.
Also, it is evident that Republicans are supporting the new act significantly stronger than the Democrats, and this pattern will probably accompany all the decisions that Trump makes during his presidency. Even though his order violates the freedom of religion constituted in the First Amendment and that it also goes against the Immigration Act from 1965, new American president did not hesitate to enforce such a directive. Even though it is not explicitly stated, it is evident that the new policy gives favor to Christian refugees, and this is not nearly “in sync” with the American spirit of freedom and civil liberties.