Trump’s Travel Ban: Clarification and Perspective

American citizenship is not a human right. No foreign national has any place demanding entry into the United States. Immigration as a policy is determined by sovereign borders as instituted by independent governments. Malleable emotions aside, reason supports the idea that the citizens of nations ravaged by Islamic jihadists ought to be more closely scrutinized before being accepted into the United States, which Iran publicly decries the Great Satan.

The recent uproar over President Trump’s executive order, titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” may be attributed to willful misinformation and woeful ignorance. The full text of the executive order is available online; anyone who condemns it without having made an effort to actually read and understand it is purposefully oblivious, and anyone who has made an effort to read and understand it would not condemn it.

 A common misconception about this executive order is that it is an outright ban on Muslims entering the country. This is a laughable example of Trump’s detractors falsely reporting and deliberately repeating the same tired accusations that the Left has run into the ground. Fortunately, the facts are readily available and they fall on the President’s side. Let’s take a brief moment to dismiss these terrible and libelous claims with the support of research and evidence, two of the greatest enemies of misinformation and slander.

To begin, this executive order is in no way a ban on Muslims entering the United States on account of their being Muslim. Although this sort of act would not be unconstitutional, nor unprecedented, it is also simply not true. President Trump has suspended entry to the United States from seven Muslim-majority countries: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia. Why these seven? They were selected by the Obama Administration, specifically with the counsel of the Department of Homeland Security, as countries of concern regarding immigration visas. This was not the product of racist ideologies; inconveniently for the Left, the practice of Islam just so happens to run parallel to the practice of Islamic terror. Former president Obama then signed the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act in December of 2015, which denied visas to foreigners from Iran, Syria, Sudan and Iraq. In 2016, Libya, Yemen and Somalia were added to the list. President Trump only referred to the Obama Administration in selecting these seven nations for suspension of immigration. It is also worth noting that of the top 10 nations with the largest Muslim populations in the world—Indonesia, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Egypt, Iran, Turkey, Algeria and Morocco—only one is affected by the executive order.

But what of our Christian duty? This is an infuriating and insulting argument that the Left likes to attempt, perhaps somewhat ironically, but ineffectively nonetheless. Leftists argue that Trump’s executive order betrays the Christian values of our nation, that Jesus told us to welcome the refugee with arms held open and eyes clasped shut. Contradictions abound, most glaringly by the Left’s common assertion that America is not a Christian nation and that it was not founded upon Christian principles; if this were true, then Christian principles have nothing to do with governmental policy. It is humorous to watch the Left insincerely don the mask of the pious when seeking to advance their social justice agenda; it isn’t going to work anymore. It is a gossamer disguise and we can see right through it.

A house without walls is nothing more than an open floor to be liberally trampled upon. President Trump will ensure that our house stands tall, securing your right to congest city streets and crowded airports for a cause that you know very little about, on behalf of the people who want you dead.

 

5 thoughts on “Trump’s Travel Ban: Clarification and Perspective

  • February 8, 2017 at 11:59 pm
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    Donald Trump’s executive order damages America’s reputation as a haven for refugees and as a land of freedom and equality. He promotes his transparent Muslim ban with rank fear-mongering. We should not abandon our principles at the insistence of an opportunistic politician. The real danger in this whole debacle is this: if we change who we are because of what we fear, the terrorists win. I honestly believe Americans are braver than Mr. Trump and the terrorists hope we are.

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    • February 11, 2017 at 9:40 am
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      First, it doesn’t damage our reputation. Our country is still a haven, the ban is nearly for 90 and is delaying refugees not refusing them. We our trying to build up security which is important. If you like people coming to your house, why not just leave the door open all the time? And it’s not a Muslim ban. It applies to 7 countries that we are primarily worried about terrorists coming from. It also applies to all in those countries not just the Muslims, nothing racist about it. This isn’t a matter of principles. This a matter of safety. And other countries have already started doing this like France and Germany. We are behind. Terrorism is a growing threat and our security needs to be up to participate, which its not. You hope America is braver then to secure the safety of its citizens? I can’t even understand that absurd statement. Please come back with logic, thank you. #makeamericasafeagain #makeamericagreatagain

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  • February 9, 2017 at 1:28 pm
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    This is really stupid for a lot of reasons.

    I would just like to say thank you to the Echo for publishing an article like this that is so antithetical to Catholic Social Teaching because free speech on campus is so important, especially when it comes to ideas that are dead wrong. How else would we learn and grow if we are not confronted with such ideas?

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    • February 11, 2017 at 9:53 am
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      Antiethical? Sorry Bart, it’s completely ethical. And it’s completely true. Thank you for demonstrating free speech. Your comments, no matter how unintelligent they may be, are welcome. I’ll keep you in my prayers, maybe one day you’ll see reason.

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  • February 9, 2017 at 3:56 pm
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    I would suggest Kim should carefully read the executive order regarding this matter.

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