After only a week in office, one of Trump’s first actions as the so-called “president” was to announce a ban for all Muslims who try to enter the United States.
As a result, The United Nations and the International Organisation for Migration collectively denounced Trump’s ban and have strongly urged him to allow ALL people desperately trying to flee war-torn countries to enter the United States – not just those who are Christian.
The two agencies said in a joint statement:
The needs of refugees and migrants worldwide have never been greater and the US resettlement program is one of the most important in the world.”
But Trump has not given up on his ban, and to this day – over a year later – he is STILL trying to push it through, even though Federal courts across the U.S. have refused to even entertain the idea that his bigoted bill should become a law. Because of this, two of the largest countries on his attack list issued bans of their own.
Iraq announced that no American citizen will be permitted entry into Iraq and citizens who hold existing visas are barred from entry as well. Iraqi leaders said that when the U.S. lifts its ban, they will lift theirs, but as Trump is still doing his best to push his action through, this hasn’t happened.
Iran also enacted a ban in what they called “retaliation” for Trump’s Muslim ban. Tehran’s official statement said that the policy would stay in place “until the offensive US limitations against Iranian nationals are lifted.” The statement went on to say that Trump’s order was an “affront against the Muslim world” and that his racist ban would be “great gift to extremists,” which is proving more and more true every day.
In addition, the reaction from many of our European allies has not been at all positive.
Britain: Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson described the ban as “divisive and wrong,” while London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the move was “shameful and cruel.”
A petition on the UK Government and Parliament website to prevent Trump from making a state visit to the UK passed the 1 million mark.
Other major allies had this to say:
France: Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said that welcoming refugees was “a duty of solidarity.” “Terrorism doesn’t have a nationality; discrimination is not an answer,” he said on Twitter.
Germany: “The necessary and decisive fight against terrorism in no way justifies a general suspicion against people of certain beliefs, in this case people of the Muslim faith or from a certain origin,” Chancellor Angela Merkel said. “These actions, according to my beliefs, are against the core idea of international aid for refugees and international cooperation.”
A spokesman for Merkel earlier said that the Chancellor had called Trump on Saturday to explain to him the United States’ obligations under the Geneva Convention on refugees.
Canada: Closer to home, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended the importance of welcoming refugees, without explicitly referring to Trump’s executive order. He said that those fleeing persecution, terror and war were welcome in Canada.
Sadly, even though state and federal courts have shot him down, and most of our major allies have condemned his decision completely, it appears that conservative Supreme Court justices might make this ban possible.
This past week, the Washington Post reported:
The conservative majority on the Supreme Court seemed to agree Wednesday that President Trump has the authority to ban travelers from certain majority-Muslim countries if he thinks that it is necessary to protect the country.
Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. was most active in advancing the notion that the president is privy to national security information that courts are ill prepared to second-guess.
And Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who always seems to occupy the pivotal position when conservative and liberal justices disagree, asked questions that mostly seemed supportive of the president’s authority.
It would seem almost impossible for challengers to prevail without one of those justices joining their colleagues on the left.”
This is disturbing, to say the least. If Trump gets his way, he will be alienating millions of innocent people and this will only advance his extremist notions and further ruin our reputation with our allies. If this happens, we will be more alone than ever. We cannot let this happen.
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