Last week, Trump issued an executive order that affected 134,000,000 people traveling to the United States. Travelers from 7 countries (Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen) were held up at US international airports and prevented entry. Trump’s travel ban & Black America’s reaction is quite interesting when you peel back the layers.
Trump announced executive actions that his administration characterizes as a “great rebuilding”. He offered the followings statement to the press:
“I’m establishing new vetting measures to keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America. We don’t want them here. We want to insure that we are not admitting into our country, the very threats our soldiers are fighting over seas.”
Since all countries that are covered by the executive order hold Islam as the country’s primary religion, this order is being described as the “Muslim Ban”. The truth is, while on the campaign trail, Trump talked very openly about vetting Muslims entering the country. He also talked about creating a Muslim Registry.
This process of vetting is how the administration will get their Muslim Registry. In order for these individuals to enter into the country, they must go through a deeper vetting process. This means they will have to provide more documentation and clear a background check in order to gain entry into the country.
While everyone is up in arms calling this a “Muslim Ban”, that description is not completely true. There are roughly 22 Arab-speaking countries in the region that hold Islam as their primary religion. Travelers from most of those countries are still being allowed into the US.
However, the vetting process is an indirect way of the Trump administration establishing it’s Muslim Registry, which has been described as racist, fascist, and unconstitutional.
So while thousands of Americans protest at airports across the country, most have not connected Trump’s recent order to one of the administration’s big prizes. The Muslim Registry.
Many believe a Muslim Registry will not be passed through executive order or congress. However, preventing access into the country unless certain conditions are met does allow the government to indirectly create a registry.
Trump’s executive order, Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States, could not be found on the White House’s website at the time of this article’s publication. This may be due to the fact that a federal judge issued an emergency stay on parts of the executive order allowing those who landed to stay in the country.
Rather than getting all of your information from the television news media, read the executive order for yourself, use critical thinking skills and draw your own conclusions.
As African Americans, we know that there’s a spectrum of thoughts in our community on any given issue. This issue is no different. After reviewing countless social media posts and online commentary regarding the “ban”, there are 2 primary ideologies that are coming from Black America at this moment.
One School of Thought Is
Of course Black Americans are sympathetic to those traveling into this country legally. There are many African Americans as well as our African brothers and sisters who are followers of the Islamic faith. We welcome Muslims and sympathize with them because we are all in the same boat. In fact, Muslim is often used interchangeably with describing a Black person. It is in the interest of our community to protest this attack on Muslims.
The Other School of Thought Is
It’s hard to lend complete support to the Muslim refugees who are legally able to enter into this country, when there are tens of thousands of Haitian refugees who are turned away. Many are never able to petition for legal entry. Trump’s “Muslim Ban” (for lack of a better word) is upsetting, but in the end, it is NOT our issue. Thousands have protested across the country and the ACLU immediately filed a lawsuit to reach a solution to the problem. But when it comes to Black Americans being targeted by law enforcement, there are limited solutions and it is not a priority for emergency action.
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