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The Lookout | January 23, 2019

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Travel ban defies American values

Travel ban defies American values
The Lookout

Staff Editorial

Since President Donald Trump issued an executive order banning travel from seven countries, it has been talked about and criticized widely non-stop.

Many critics and people from all sides are calling it a “Muslim Ban.” All seven of the countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen) are predominantly Muslim.

Trump’s administration is insisting it is not a ban on Muslims, but during his campaign he specifically called for a ban on Muslim countries.

This executive order simply doesn’t align with the values many people think of when they think of the United States, a country built on immigration and people from all walks of life.

The order bans travel from the seven countries for 90 days. It also bans all refugees from entering the country for 120 days, as well as Syrian refugees indefinitely.

Furthermore, it affects people who are currently in the United States on temporary visas, who would normally be able to travel to their home country.

That is not a good thing for many international students. According to the Institute of International Education, 17,354 students from the seven countries were enrolled in U.S. colleges during the 2015-16 year.

One of the Trump administration’s stated goals of the ban is to make sure terrorists aren’t entering the country. They claim to be using the ban to assess vetting, and evaluating its flaws.

There is nothing wrong with trying to make the vetting process more effective. However, banning whole countries from coming to the U.S. for a better life and to escape war is not the way to do it.

This is affecting countless families, children, students and more. We can only hope the negative impact on these people is minimal.

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