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Trump’s Muslim Ban

Republican U.S. presidential candidate businessman Donald Trump poses before the start of the 2016 U.S. Republican presidential candidates debate held by CNBC in Boulder
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The President of the United States of America, Donald Trump has proposed a Muslim ban denying visas for Muslim-majority nations. These states have been christened as ‘countries of concern’.

However, ‘the order itself does not name the countries whose citizens are banned from entering the US. Instead, it refers to a statute which applies to seven Muslim states.’ The countries which are subject to the ban are Syria, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, and Iraq. This is another of Trump’s highly controversial policy modifications. Upon his inauguration earlier this year, he had already been a questionable character in as far as his leadership is concerned.

The ban is otherwise classified as an Executive Order which is an official statement from the president ‘which tells government agencies how to use their resources.’ The order bars the mentioned countries from entering America for a period of 90 days. ‘It also suspends the US refugee system for a period of 120 days.’ What this means is that the country exempts itself from any refugee related responsibilities for a period of about four months.

The country had an intake of ‘12,486 Syrians in 2016.’ What this move emphasizes, is a rejection of certain nationals by virtue of religious orientation, and this notion stems from the fact of Trump giving preference to ‘Christian refugees from the Middle East over Muslim refugees.’  Strategically, this ban reduces the cap on the total number of refugees allowed to enter the US in 2017 from 110,000 to just 50,000.

A number of Muslim nationals are already residing in America with permanent visas. This essentially disregards such family dynamics and seeks to uplift the State at the expense of those who are displaced. Trump came to his defense by saying that ‘his plan was not a Muslim ban but it was targeted at countries that have tremendous terror.’ As concerned citizens should, the Muslim community in America condemned the move with contempt.

The world is yet to see America’s story unfold in the hands of troublesome Trump.

Nomfundo Modi