Executive order stirs up America

Protests have irrupted across the country amid Trump's executive order.

Protests have irrupted across the country amid Trump's executive order.

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In the first couple weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency, controversies regarding actions by the new leader of the United States have caused turmoil to flow throughout the country. A specific action that has caused numerous people around the world to disagree with Trump is his executive order involving immigration which was signed on the 27th of January, a week after Trump’s inauguration.

Within this executive order, there are several different details that affect people around the world. In the order it states that it suspends the entire US refugee admissions system for 120 days, suspends the Syrian refugee program indefinitely, bans entry from seven Muslim countries (Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen) for 90 days, lowers the number of total refugees accepted from any country from 110,000 to 50,000 people, and prioritizes refugee claims on the basis of religious persecution.

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The countries that are involved in the so-called Muslim ban.

In the week since this executive order was signed by President Trump, the United States and the rest of the world have been split on whether this ban is necessary or not and quite frankly, I am too.

After looking closely into this order, there are plenty of obvious negatives that are included in the order. The main argument for those who believe that this so-called Muslim ban is unjust is the fact that the United States have also been there a country who has welcomed others with open arms.

As a whole, the United States is a country of immigrants. Each and every person is related to or actually is an immigrant. Whether it be from a European country such as Germany, Ireland, or Italy or a different country in the Asian region or even an African country, everyone was or is related to someone who was new to this country.

That’s how it’s always been in the United States. If someone is in trouble or is looking for a new start to their life, they look to the generous people of the United States for some help so they can get back on their feet. The United States have always been the most compassionate country in the world but with this executive order in place, we aren’t really showing it.

A political cartoon comparing Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler.

As well as the United States being a country of immigrants, haven’t we fought against people who believed this during World War II? No, I’m not trying to compare Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler, but this is eerily close to the actions that Hitler did to members of the Jewish religion during the 1930s and 1940s.

Although there are several negatives to the new executive order signed by President Trump, isn’t this what the American people voted for? Donald Trump received 77 more electoral votes than his counter-part, Hillary Clinton. And he did this by running a campaign with the slogan “Make America Great Again” and repeating that he was going to secure our borders in every way that he can.

Well guess what America? He is securing our borders pretty darn good so far and it’s only been two weeks into his Presidency. Yes, I realize that Mr. Trump may be going a little overboard with banning people from seven prominently Muslim countries for 90 days but people need to realize that this is for our safety.

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President Trump signing the executive order.

Although this may be angering more people that could be involved with different terror groups such as ISIS, it is still doing a great job with screening each member of those countries before they are allowed into the country.

Also, this so-called Muslim ban is only in affect for 90 days and is only a temporary solution in order for more secure and solid regulations to be put into effect regarding the safety of this country. During those 90 days, I’m fairly positive that members of the United States government are working long hours in order to ensure that each citizen of the United States is safe from any threat from an outside terror group.

In the week since this executive order was signed, House Speaker Paul Ryan has backed Trump’s order, “Our number one responsibility is to protect the homeland. We are a compassionate nation, and I support the refugee resettlement program, but it’s time to re-evaluate and strengthen the visa-vetting process.”

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Although this article just gives you a slight glimpse into the positives and negatives, the arguements on both sides are endless. But our country needs to figure it out and ensure that they are doing the right thing for each person involved.

 

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