The ‘immigration’ subject had always ranked highly on the President’s agenda during his campaign trail, and now Trump introduces an immigration ban on seven Muslim countries, as well as stops asylum applications to the United States coming from all refugees temporarily and those from Syrian refugees entirely
Donald Trump taking oath as the President of the United States of America has not been looked at favorably in the United States. Constant protests and low poll ratings are enough to bog any politician down but no matter how hard this might bother him privately, Trump is still approaching his presidential term just the way he wants to. He is interested in making plenty of changes, and the whole atmosphere smells of the White House taking the wraps of a fresh new term, where the Republican Party can call the shots to policymaking again, after an eight year long absence.
Naturally, those wishes are not always going to come easy but a new party in power means working with another set of political thoughts entirely for four years. The Republicans control the Congress, the House and the Senate, so opposition from the Democrats to Donald Trump’s executive actions isn’t really going to happen properly but nevertheless there is obviously always the expectation that there will still be voices here and there who like to blindly pretend otherwise.
One of the first executive actions that Trump took in office was the imposition of a temporary visa ban on people coming from seven Muslim countries: Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, Iraq and Iran. The reasons for this is that citizens of all those countries mentioned may pose a terror threat to the United States, in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. What is interesting is that the countries plucked out sit at the bottom of the H&P Visa Restrictions Index, along with countries such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, Palestinian Territory, Ethiopia and Nepal.
Those seven countries mentioned in Donald Trump’s executive order come in various ranks right after the set of countries ranked on #96 – Lebanon, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, so a similar range of actions may follow through in alliance with Trump’s order in other countries, as well. Plenty of protests followed in the wake of the executive order, with celebrities such as Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid and Johnny Depp’s ex-wife Amber Heard taking part in this so-called protest against Trump’s Muslim ban.
Trump, for his part, has stated that his action is not a ban targeting Muslim people around the world. Trump added that somewhere around forty other Muslim countries are entirely unaffected by the ban, and I do want to believe Trump when he states that his latest policy push is all part of making America great again like he promised pre-elections but he definitely needs to do more there in building positive global ties with selected countries around the world; many Muslim countries are actually moderate (and democratic) Muslim nations, and I find it very hard to believe that Donald Trump wants to uproot positive democratic ties with those moderate (and democratic) Muslim countries by brewing in another alternate reality entirely.
The fact is that the visa ban (in effect for thirty days and possibly from January 27 – the date when Trump made his announcement) also comes with a complete termination of refugees coming to the United States from most countries in the world, and that is inclusive of Syria – this could either be for four long months, or for forever. Last year, more Muslim refugees ran away to the United States than ever before because of the continual violence taking stronghold in their native countries: the civil war in Syria has seen many casualties, Libya’s government collapsed, whilst the political situation in Iraq and Afghanistan continues to deteriorate and become unstable.
The Syrian civil war, in particular, is giving rise to fears for President Donald Trump that refugees fleeing their nation could cause Islamic attacks in the United States. Trump is expected to order the US State Department to prevent issuance of visas to citizens of those seven countries, and people who hold dual nationalities of those countries and many allied countries as well, such as the United Kingdom, in a move to keep the United States safe, as a result and the latest policy push seems to suggest that Trump’s presidential term is off to a good start.