President Trump is certainly making waves—or enemies—depending on how you look at it. World leaders, groups, and even social media powerhouses are all condemning Trump’s immigration ban. Just yesterday, thousands of immigrants and travelers were detained and stranded at airports across the nation due to the executive order. The incident caused so much controversy and chaos, a New York judge won the decision to place a stay order.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, an advocate for refugees, expressed her concerns directly with President Trump over a phone call on Saturday. A spokesperson for Merkel told the press, “She is convinced that even the necessary, decisive battle against terrorism does not justify putting people of a particular background or faith under general suspicion.”
Political leaders and justice departments are not the only ones outraged by the ban on Muslims. Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO and founder of Facebook, made an emotional statement on the topic saying, “We need to keep this country safe, but we should do that by focusing on people who pose a threat … We should also keep our doors open to refugees and those who need help. That’s who we are.”
Pushing back on immigration was a mainstay in Trump’s campaign trail. He even brought up banning all Muslims from entering the United States. So now that he’s acting on his promise, why are so many surprised to see such a policy put in place? Obviously, those who were against Trump in the race are outraged, but what about those who supported Trump—those who are having “buyer’s remorse”? Banning an entire group of people based on religion is a fundamental attack on our founding values. So will Trump see the error in his ways, or did we just put a radical extremist of our own in the White House?