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Trump's Travel Ban


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Jun 26, 2018

Trump's Travel Ban

Article Link: The Supreme Court has just upheld President Donald Trump's travel ban, which indefinitely restricts travel from Chad, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen. As most of these countries are majority-Muslim, many have called the ban racist or xenophobic. Many influential groups have spoken out against the recent decision, with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) saying that the decision will "go down in history as one of the Supreme Court's greatest failures." However, many people have spoken in support of it as well, such as Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who said the decision is a "great victory for the safety and security of all Americans." Particularly controversial is the president's decision to include Chad in the ban, which has been an ally in the fight against terrorism, and has partnered with the United States against ISIS and Boko Haram in the past.  I think that the ban is anthetical to the message of freedom and opportunity for all that we profess as Americans. We shouldn't forgot that many of our ancestors came over as immigrants, slaves, indentured servants, persecuted religous minorities, etc. Obviously I'm anti-terrorism, but I think that we can screen entry into the United States without completely blocking it.  What do you think about the ban? Is it protecting us from terrorism, or is it thinly-veiled racism?  


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