The first big backlash of Trump’s executive order to ban Muslims from the United States was felt at airports nationwide today. Saturday marked the day the airports stood still, while thousands of Muslims were not only singled out but detained, and the stories keep pouring in. The people being targeted are not extreme jihadists; instead, they are students trying to attend university, scientists seeking to make it to the lab, and loved ones only wanting to be with their families. But according to Trump’s new ban, all Muslims are suspect, causing a serious, tense situation across the nation and the world.
Becca Heller, the director of the International Refugee Association Project, told the press, “We’ve gotten reports of people being detained all over the country. They’re pouring in by the minute.” The White House stood by the decision stating the executive order would protect “the United States from foreign nationals entering from countries compromised by terrorism” and ensure “a more rigorous vetting process.” To be exact, the executive order, signed into action on Friday would ban US entrance to individuals from a total of seven Muslim countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. The ban will also actively suspend entry to all refugees into the United States for 120 days, and indefinitely for Syrians.
Abed Ayoub, legal and policy director of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, echoes the world’s concern that the policy has caused “complete chaos while causing a negative and destructive impact on the Arab-American community.” The White House tried to defend the “total chaos” by stating, “The notion that this is a Muslim ban is ludicrous.” House Speaker Paul Ryan went on to say, “This is not a religious test and it is not a ban on people of any religion.” It’s hard not to put two and two together with Trump’s latest move against Muslims, and we’re calling a spade a spade.