While the country comes to grips with thousands of Muslims being detained at airports nationwide, others are turning their attention towards the potential impact of Trump banning the entrance of all refugees, in addition to citizens from seven countries, into the US. The concern? A new push by extremists to leverage the latest “Western” move to recruit terrorists.
Trump banned US entry to citizens of seven countries on Friday with his executive order. Those countries included: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. In addition to the broad sweep of predominantly Muslim countries on the list, he extended the ban to all entries for at least 90 days, making it impossible for those trying to make it to school, work, or to see their families.
Truth be told, only a handful of extremists live in any given country; however, the fact that Trump has pretty much ousted “Muslim only” countries may have given jihadists the momentum they needed to recruit those on the fence. Trump has continued to disrespect, insult, and target Muslims from day one of his campaign, and his most recent act as president has many experts setting off the alarm bells.
Others are warning that this ban is completely irrelevant when it comes to protecting the United States. Michael S Smith II, a leading terrorism analyst, told the press, “I don’t think that it will have a significant impact because again, there are so many ways to circumvent all of that, be it moving people across our southern border, our northern border, or moving people into the country on board small leisure water craft from Latin America and the Caribbean. If you can move tons of cocaine into the United States, you can move hundreds of terrorists into the United States in a year.”
The country is divided. Now the world is beginning to divide. Can Donald Trump actually “protect” the American people by taking action that directly fuels the fire? Will Trump cause a surge in extremists, causing even more pain and division in the country? As it looks right now, Trump is failing to understand his actions—something that is becoming all too familiar.