Friday, April 7, 2017

Trump's Newest Exec Order - Current Affairs

Trump's Previous Ban
 - Banned travelers from Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Yemen, Syria,  Iraq and Libya
 - Bars refugees from coming into the US for around 120 days

This order had been halted by a judge

Why was it challenged?
It was stated that this ban would hurt the economy, it was unconstitutional and was simply a way of banning Muslims.

"[A] Muslim ban by another name"? - (NY attorney general)
Trump had stated in 2015:  “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” 
Opinion: Just by reading this quote, it gives an idea of what Trump's true intentions might be. It is a possibility that he is living up to his own words, however, is going ahead with the proposed 'muslim ban' in a different and almost discreet way.

What makes the new ban any different?
 - The same countries are subjected to this ban except for Iraq
 - The indefinite ban that was placed on Syrian refugees is now removed because of this new ban
 - Green Card holders are no longer affected by this ban

Argument on the ban being unconstitutional
To understand this, we first need to take a look at the US constitution
The first amendment states that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof". If president Trump had made an exec order that regards a certain religion, would that make it unconstitutional? And by establishing a 'Muslim ban' would that mean he is "prohibiting the free exercise" of Islam by not allowing those who practice it in the U.S. I believe so. If you have anything to say on this be sure to write a comment!


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