After the terror threats that have occurred in first-world countries in the past few years, mainly due to the spreading influence of radical Islam and a large flow of migrants, have caused President Donald Trump to concoct a deal that prevents future terror attacks on American Soil. Here are the facts of the so-called Travel Ban:
The Travel Ban affects Residents of Six Majority Muslim Countries
President Donald Trump’s so-called Travel Ban bars residents of Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen from entering the country without a valid visa.
These six countries, which are populated mostly by Muslims, were specifically chosen due to the residents’ exposure to terrorism from the many terror groups operating in those regions.
Iran, Syria, and Sudan were chosen because “designated by the Secretary of State as a state sponsor of terrorism,” according to the official Executive order.
Iraq, which was present on the “banned list” on the first Travel Ban, was taken off in order to further a diplomatic relationship between the two nations.
Decreases the Number of Refugees significantly for FY 2017
The executive order includes a section that lowers the number of refugees allowed to enter into the United States at 50,000 for the fiscal year 2017.
The reason, from the official Executive Order: “would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, and thus suspend any entries in excess of that number until such time as I determine that additional entries would be in the national interest.”
This contrasts to the approximately 85,000 refugees admitted to the country in fiscal year 2016, a number that includes about 40,000 Muslim refugees and approximately the same number of Christians, according to Pew Research.
Despite various reports, this is not a Muslim Ban
Multiple news sites and channels have called President Trump’s Travel Ban a Muslim ban, but in reality, it is not in any shape a ban on Muslims.
The Executive Order officially states that the Travel Ban does “not provide a basis for discriminating for or against members of any particular religion.”
Yes, the countries targeted in the Ban are majority Muslim, but a Christian looking to enter the U.S. from those areas would also be barred from entering the United States.
Various Courts have shot down the Travel Ban thus far
When President Donald Trump signed the first Travel Ban into law, the Ninth Circuit Court, a historically left-leaning panel of judges, quickly shot it down.
The court claimed that the Ban discriminated against Syrian refugees, as the Immigration and Nationality Act claims that discrimination based on nationality is illegal. This court also claimed that there was no evidence that any former residents of the countries on the list had actually committed a terrorist attack.
On the second go-around, President Trump’s Travel ban was once again blocked, but this time by a judge in Hawaii who claimed that the Ban discriminated on religion.
In addition, various officials in the states of Oregon, Washington, Minnesota, New York, Massachusetts, and California have shot down the order due to reasons ranging from that it’s a hidden Muslim ban to it hurts the local economy.
The President has used Recent Terror Attacks to promote his Ban
After recent attacks across European cities, President Donald Trump has taken to his Twitter account to promote his Travel Ban as the solution to the terror problem.
For these actions, he has drawn much criticism both from Twitter trolls and from major news networks for using recent deaths as a reasoning for his “xenophobic” Travel ban.
However, all of the recent European terrorist attacks have been carried out in the name of Allah (the god of Islam) and all of the perpetrators are of Middle Eastern origin.
In addition, to add more fuel to the fire, many of the terrorists in those attacks had recently traveled to the nations outlined in the Ban and returned to either Britain, Germany, or other European nations plagued by the new terror threats.