Trump Issues Travel Ban Which Targets Muslim-Majority Countries: Some Say…It Is To Keep America Safe. Others Shout…It Is Plain Discrimination Against People of Color! You Tell Me…
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On Saturday Night…I watched hundreds of people at the DFW International Airport (Dallas Forth Worth International Airport) in Dallas, Texas…SHOUT… “NO JUSTICE…NO PEACE… NO JUSTICE…NO PEACE!” “YES WE CAN…YES WE CAN!” People are crying! People are befuddled & confused! People appear scared to death! WHY???
Let me tell you why… On, Friday, January 27, 2017, around 4:42 p.m. …President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order that 1) puts a 4 month hold on allowing refugees into the United States; 2) bars Syrian refugee entry indefinitely and 3) for 90 days…bars travelers, who are non-U.S. citizens, from 7 Muslim-majority countries from coming into this country. The countries included in this travel ban are… Iran, Syria, Iraq, Sudan, Libya, Somalia & Yemen. Now…
Within hours of this Executive Order being issued, people coming into this country from any of these 7 countries…were detained. And… This detention occurred all over this country. Meaning??? When they stepped foot off of the airplanes and entered the U.S. airport…they were taken into custody at the airport. Meaning??? Meaning… They were not free to leave the airport. Meaning… They were not free to go with their families who were waiting for them at the airport. O.k. … Twelve refugees were detained at JFK Airport in New York. According to The New York Times, Hameed Khalid Darweesh, an interpreter who worked for more than 10 years on behalf of the United States government in Iraq, was detained…but, released. They report… “After nearly 19 hours of detention, Mr. Darweesh began to cry as he spoke to reporters, putting his hands behind his back and miming handcuffs. “What I do for this country? They put the cuffs on,” Mr. Darweesh said. “You know how many soldiers I touch by this hand?”” The New York Times also reports…“There were numerous reports of students attending American universities who were blocked from returning to the United States from visits abroad.” And, know this… These people are being detained despite having legal paperwork, green cards and visas that have been approved by the U.S. government. O.k…
Supporters of Trump’s Executive Order are saying that this Order is needed for the safety of America. They are saying that it is because President George W. Bush failed to implement such Executive Orders, during his term, that 9/11 happened. For them, if this type of ban had been done before 9/11, then… the terrorists would not have been able to bring down the Twin Towers, etc… Basically…they are praising his actions… saying…it a necessary step on behalf of the nation’s security. And… CNN reminds us of this… “During his campaign, Trump vowed to ban Muslim immigrants from countries with a “proven history” of terrorism against the United States or its allies.” Now…
The people who oppose this Executive Order…claim…discrimination. Yes. Religious discrimination. They are arguing that this Executive Order is directed only at Muslim-majority countries. They say it’s unconstitutional because it bases whether you can get into the U.S. or not…on religious grounds. Rula Jebreal, a Muslim journalist & foreign policy analyst who grew up in Israel, appeared on CNN’s GPS show with Fareed Zakaria and stated in part as follows: “Any law that is divorced from justice it’s not a law…it is an instance of tyranny. This is government sanctions…religious persecution and it will not keep America safe. It’s not about national security…this is about White supremacists. And…it is clear in the Executive Order that the President signed he mentioned 9/11 three times. However, none of the countries that were on that list had citizens who were involved in 9/11. They were Saudis, Emirates, and others…so it’s not really about national security. He is using immigrants…refugees as a human shield…to advance his, I would say, clash of civilizations…White supremacist agenda. When he talks about voter fraud…he is talking about people like you Fareed, & other brown people…who arrived in this country legally and basically have an American citizenship and voted. This is the guy that called President Obama non-American…or he wasn’t born there. This is the same agenda. While he is doing this…actually it is using refugees & whatever he’s using…as a distraction. Yesterday he approved…he actually forced an important General, Joseph Dunford, to resign and he replaced him with a White supremacist guy, called Stephen Bannon, who actually told all of us journalists to shut-up. So… I would challenge anybody that would tell me this is about national security. There is not one serious analyst that can prove that.” O.k…
Let’s look at this situation & see for ourselves. American Safety vs. Discrimination??? Is it one? Is it both? Does this Executive Order keep America safe? Does this Executive Order discriminate…on religious grounds or any other grounds? O.k. … As I said earlier, the Executive Order has targeted the countries of … Iran, Syria, Iraq, Sudan, Libya, Somalia & Yemen. These countries are Muslim-majority countries. Now, I also said earlier that the supporters of the travel ban are justifying it on the grounds that they want to prevent another… 9/11…from happening here again. O.k…
NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 11, 2001: (Photo by Robert Giroux/Getty Images)
CNN reported the following statistics about the terrorist involved in the terrorist attacks that took place on September 11, 2001. (Please pay close attention)
On September 11, 2001:
— 8:46 a.m. ET (approx.) – American Airlines Flight 11 (traveling from Boston to Los Angeles) strikes the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. The plane is piloted by plot leader Mohamed Atta.
— 9:03 a.m. ET (approx.) – United Airlines Flight 175 (traveling from Boston to Los Angeles) strikes the South Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. The plane is piloted by hijacker Marwan al Shehhi.
— 9:37 a.m. ET (approx.) – American Airlines Flight 77 (traveling from Dulles, Virginia, to Los Angeles) strikes the Pentagon Building in Washington, DC. The plane is piloted by hijacker Hani Hanjour.
— 10:03 a.m. ET (approx.) – United Airlines Flight 93 (traveling from Newark, New Jersey, to San Francisco) crashes in a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The plane is piloted by hijacker Ziad Jarrah.
Hijackers by Airplane:
American Airlines Flight 11:
Mohamed Atta – nationality = Egypt, tactical leader of 9/11 plot and pilot
Abdul Aziz al Omari –nationality = Saudi Arabia
Wail al Shehri – nationality = Saudi Arabia
Waleed al Shehri – nationality = Saudi Arabia
Satam al Suqami – nationality = Saudi Arabia
United Airlines Flight 175:
Fayez Banihammad – nationality = United Arab Emirates
Ahmed al Ghamdi – nationality = Saudi Arabia
Hamza al Ghamdi – nationality = Saudi Arabia
Marwan al Shehhi – nationality = United Arab Emirates, pilot
Mohand al Shehri – nationality = Saudi Arabia
American Airlines Flight 77:
Hani Hanjour – nationality = Saudi Arabia, pilot
Nawaf al Hazmi – nationality = Saudi Arabia
Salem al Hazmi – nationality = Saudi Arabia
Khalid al Mihdhar – nationality = Saudi Arabia
Majed Moqed – nationality = Saudi Arabia
United Airlines Flight 93:
Saeed al Ghamdi – nationality = Saudi Arabia
Ahmad al Haznawi – nationality = Saudi Arabia
Ziad Jarrah – nationality = Lebanon, pilot
Ahmed al Nami – nationality = Saudi Arabia
O.k… If we look at the countries from where the 9/11 terrorists came from we see the countries of: 1) Egypt… 2) Saudi Arabia… 3) United Arab Emirates…& 4) Lebanon. Do you see what I see??? NONE of these countries are listed in Trump’s travel ban Executive Order. ABSOLUTELY NONE! Now… If truly it is your intent, through this travel ban Executive Order, to try & prevent 9/11 from happening again…to keep America safe…why in the HELL are the countries where the 9/11 terrorists came from…not listed in your travel ban??? WHY??? To me…that makes no got damn sense. It would seem that those countries would be at the top of your list. RIGHT??? You tell me… For, what do I know. Let’s keep going… So…
How does Trump square not having Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates & Lebanon with his stated desire of keeping America safe? HE DOESN’T! He has no logical explanation for leaving these countries off the travel ban list. NONE! So… What can this tell us??? It can tell us that preventing another 9/11 from happening here again… is not his main purpose in banning travel from the countries that he listed in his Executive Order. You might then ask… Well, Iris… Why then…did Trump leave these 4 countries off the list? S-H-I-T…that’s easy. Trump’s businesses do business in 3 of those countries… Egypt, Saudi Arabia & the United Arab Emirates. That no good rascal is not going to do anything to hurt his own business interest…President or Not! It is not a coincidence that Trump’s businesses have no business interests in any of the 7 banned countries. Now… CHECK THIS OUT…
Top Republican leaders are speaking out against the Executive Order saying that it could put us in danger by helping the terrorists the United States is trying to defeat. Yes. Republican Senators John McCain (AZ) and Lindsey Graham (SC) released a joint statement condemning Trump’s travel ban Executive Order. They say that it will likely aide terrorist groups by telling people that the U.S. shuns Muslims. Their statement reads:
“Our government has a responsibility to defend our borders, but we must do so in a way that makes us safer and upholds all that is decent and exceptional about our nation.
It is clear from the confusion at our airports across the nation that President Trump’s executive order was not properly vetted. We are particularly concerned by reports that this order went into effect with little to no consultation with the Departments of State, Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security.
Such a hasty process risks harmful results. We should not stop green-card holders from returning to the country they call home. We should not stop those who have served as interpreters for our military and diplomats from seeking refuge in the country they risked their lives to help. And we should not turn our backs on those refugees who have been shown through extensive vetting to pose no demonstrable threat to our nation, and who have suffered unspeakable horrors, most of them women and children.
Ultimately, we fear this executive order will become a self-inflicted wound in the fight against terrorism. At this very moment, American troops are fighting side-by-side with our Iraqi partners to defeat ISIL. But this executive order bans Iraqi pilots from coming to military bases in Arizona to fight our common enemies. Our most important allies in the fight against ISIL are the vast majority of Muslims who reject its apocalyptic ideology of hatred. This executive order sends a signal, intended or not, that America does not want Muslims coming into our country. That is why we fear this executive order may do more to help terrorist recruitment than improve our security.” O.k… So…
Does this Executive Order appear discriminatory…on it’s face??? The New York Times editorial board states, “The first casualties of this bigoted, cowardly, self-defeating policy were detained early Saturday at American airports just hours after the executive order, ludicrously titled “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,” went into effect. That the order, breathtaking in scope and inflammatory in tone, was issued on Holocaust Remembrance Day spoke of the president’s callousness and indifference to history, to America’s deepest lessons about its own values.” O.k…
FIRST! … I need to say that I am so got damn ANGRY about all the wasted tears that I have seen streaming from the face of people & their loved ones…who…are here in America…LEGALLY…but…have been DETAINED. You tell me… What the HELL is the point of obtaining a LEGAL status to be in this country…IF…it doesn’t mean shit now? What is the point? Now… Let me tell you why I am saying this. Obtaining a legal status in this country is not a walk in the park. HELL NO! It can take years of vetting…& close scrutiny by the U.S. government… before people are able to obtain a legal status in this country. I’m talking about obtaining green cards…visas…dual citizenship status, etc…that give people the right to be here LEGALLY. The operative term being… “LEGALLY.” It seems to me that to the “TRUMP ADMINISTRATION”…specifically DONALD TRUMP’S ass… having a legal status means nothing. Trump’s Executive Order…seems to be trying to do more than just keeping (using his language) “ILLEGALS” out of this country. OH! MOST D-E-F-I-N-I-T-E-L-Y! It’s plain to see that Trump’s racist ass is using his Executive Order…to target one group of people. And… Which group is that??? The…MUSLIM…people. Donald Trump is trying to prevent MUSLIM people from being in this country. PLAIN…&…SIMPLE! He is targeting these people on the basis of their RELIGION. If we look at his Executive Order…you can see for yourself that this is the case.
The Executive Order states in pertinent part…
“(Section 1. – Purpose) In order to protect Americans, the United States must ensure that those admitted to this country do not bear hostile attitudes toward it and its founding principles. The United States cannot, and should not, admit those who do not support the Constitution, or those who would place violent ideologies over American law. (Section 2. – Policy) It is the policy of the United States to protect its citizens from foreign nationals who intend to commit terrorist attacks in the United States; and to prevent the admission of foreign nationals who intend to exploit United States immigration laws for malevolent purpose. (Section 5. – Realignment of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for Fiscal Year 2017) (e) Notwithstanding the temporary suspension imposed pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, the Secretaries of State and Homeland Security may jointly determine to admit individuals to the United States as refugees on a case-by-case basis, in their discretion, but only so long as they determine that the admission of such individuals as refugees is in the national interest — including when the person is a religious minority in his country of nationality facing religious persecution, when admitting the person would enable the United States to conform its conduct to a preexisting international agreement, or when the person is already in transit and denying admission would cause undue hardship — and it would not pose a risk to the security or welfare of the United States.” O.k…
Please take note what’s stated & underlined above in Section 5. Since the term “religious minority” is defined in relation to Muslim-majority countries…the minority religions are ones such as Christianity and Jewish. So… Trump has carved out an exception to his general ban on “Syrian Refugees” that essentially says this… “If you are a Christian in Syria, Homeland Security can admit you into the United States if they believe you are facing religious persecution in Syria.”
This is the case even if you are a Syrian citizen. Meaning??? Meaning…you are not subject to the indefinite ban that the Executive Order places on other Syrian citizens who are also seeking refugee status in the United States. You are placed in a higher position, in Trump’s eyes, if you are a Christian Syrian. What does this mean legally? It means that Donald Trump’s Executive Order discriminates against Syrian Refugees based on religion. Do you see??? You are not indefinitely banned from coming into this United States if you are a Syrian Christian but…you are indefinitely banned from coming into the United States if you are a Syrian Muslim. So… How have people responded to the implementation of what they view as a discriminatory Executive Order???
Last evening, the ACLU filed emergency petitions in the federal courts to stop the implementation of Trump’s travel ban so the detained people could be released. They argued that Trump’s Executive Order is unconstitutional on the basis of religious discrimination. And… A federal judge ordered a “stay” of the Executive Order… in part. Meaning??? Meaning… According to the ACLU, the stay protects anybody who has already been lawfully admitted to the United States. So… For example… If you have a valid green card… a valid visa… or have dual nationality status…you have to be let go &…not be detained. Why??? Because you have a legal right to be in the United States. Now… Don’t misunderstand… This thing ain’t over by a long shot.
This shit still has to be litigated through the court system. Any “stay” issued by a federal judge is temporary in nature. And… The judge has not ruled on the constitutionality of this Executive Order. Whether or not Trump’s Executive Order will be found to be unconstitutional…has to be determined by a court of law…in the weeks or months ahead. While the “stay” is a very important win, at this time…it is a temporary measure of protection. So… Pray! Pray! & Pray Some More! O.k…
I say that this “stay” is an important win because this is the first significant legal challenge to the flurry of Executive Orders pushed through by Trump this past week. And… This is a big ass deal for anybody who challenged Trump’s Executive Order because courts do give a lot of deference to the activities of the Executive branch…the President of the United States. Meaning??? Meaning…courts give a lot of leeway to the President in the making of his decisions. It is not easy getting a “stay” on a President’s Executive Order. So…
How have world leaders responded to Trump’s travel ban Executive Order??? Let’s see… U.S. allies, are very dismayed by what this man has done. Yes…they are! Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted this message to the refugees rejected by U.S. President Donald Trump… “To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada.”
Since Prime Minister Trudeau took office in November, 2015, Canada has taken in about 40,000 Syrian refugees. The Associated Press reports that the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, has criticized Trump’s Executive Order. They report her official spokesman as saying today that… “May does “not agree” with Trump’s order and will challenge the US government if it has an adverse effect on British nationals.” O.k… With all of that said…
How has Trump responded to federal court decisions…the Protesters…& the general backlash to his Executive Order? Well… Let’s see… At first, he defended the Executive Order insisting that it is “not a Muslim ban….but is working very nicely.” He was absolutely detached & oblivious to the mountain of chaos & confusion that his dumb-ass had created. Yes! Absolutely detached…despite the fears of the people &…despite their tears. Now… The media outlets rode his ass all weekend about this situation. Yes… They showed all the protests that have been going on… all around the country. They are talking about this non-stop…to his chagrin. So… Earlier this evening, the Secretary of Homeland Security, John F. Kelly, put out a statement that amends Trump’s Executive Order. (This is rarely seen…so soon after an Executive Order is issued) The statement says the following… “In applying the provisions of the president’s executive order, I hereby deem the entry of lawful permanent residents to be in the national interest. Accordingly, absent the receipt of significant derogatory information indicating a serious threat to public safety and welfare, lawful permanent resident status will be a dispositive factor in our case-by-case determinations.”
So… You see… Standing up for what is right and godly…makes a devilish ass spirit back down. Donald Trump never thought in his wildest dreams that his Executive Order would cause such a backlash against him. NO! NO! NO! This man actually thought, by doing this discriminatory action, as President of the United States…he would get away with this shit. Well… To President Donald Trump I say this… “You might be a new sheriff in town…buddy…but, your ass has been shot down on this one. And… The people did it quickly, cleanly & without apology. We have come out in droves…letting you know that you can take that racist shit…you & Stephen Bannon are trying to put down, back through the gates of hell from whence it came. You cannot conceal your underlying motive to discriminate against these people of color…by your travel…immigration ban. You are trying to limit these peoples’ access to this country because you do not want them to become citizens of the United States. You are afraid that they will become full-fledged American citizens…who will have the right to vote. You are afraid that they will be part of the new majority in this country…that is coming for sure. And…. You are afraid that people of color will do to you, what you & your ancestors have done to people of color…throughout the world. You see…our dear President… These truths about your fears…are as plain to see…as the writing on any wall. All someone has to do is stop…& look deep enough.” So… For God’s sake…
I pray that God watches over all his children…throughout the world. I pray that He protects us from the wiles of the devil & the devil’s human workers. I pray that God keeps the spirit of love…permeating through all of us so that even in the midst of madness…we show love & not hate.
To my Muslim brothers and sisters: I love you all so much & my heart aches for your suffering over this travel ban nonsense. I pray that God blesses you with his peace as you go through these trying times.
Iris R. Whiting ©