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Saving America

January 30, 2017
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Demonstration at JFK Airport, New York City. Photo credit: Getty Images

Demonstration at JFK Airport, New York City. Photo credit: Getty Images

Everyone wants to protect the United States. The nation spends vast amounts of money doing just that.

President Trump has issued an Executive Order. It stops people from certain countries from coming here. What is one to make of this new order? Does it protect America so much that it is worth the cost? What cost? The cost of upsetting American values.

The banned countries are Libya, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen (LIISSSY). They all are countries with Muslim majorities.

Except for Iran, these nations are in war-like conditions. People from these nations try to come to the U.S. as refugees. It takes a long time for them to enter this country. “Vetting” is the name of the clearing process.

Another idea might have been to review immigration policies.  We could see if they could be tougher. Instead, president Trump issued an Executive Order to take effect right away.

The first result was great confusion. Authorities removed some people from those countries from planes coming to the U.S.

Most were travelers returning home to America. Others were trying to leave the U.S. They left for the usual reasons such as vacations, business, and family matters.

The immediate result of the ban was massive protests. Crowds in the U.S. went to the airports to support travelers held there. Everyone stopped anywhere had valid travel papers.

At first, even green card holders were part of the ban. People with green cards have status as permanent, lawful residents of America. On Sunday, officials changed the policy, allowing them to return to the U.S.

ban mapNo clear rules came with the order. Federal judges immediately started ruling against parts of the order.

Homeland Security and the State Department are the agencies that must enforce the rules. They said they did not know about the order much before it went out. The White House said it informed them.

The terrorists who attacked on 9/11 came from Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Neither nation is part of the ban. Observers noted that Trump has business ties with those countries and Turkey. Turkey is not part of the ban even though it has a Muslim majority.

Has the president overreached?

Columbus found people living in the new world when he arrived in 1492. The Vikings arrived even earlier. European settlements started in the U.S. in the early 17th century. As they say, we are all immigrants.

Trump’s grandfather came to the U.S. in 1885. He came to avoid the draft in Germany.

Source: The New York Times January 29, 2017

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