Students share their opinion on the Muslim ban

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It’s official. President Trump shows the executive order on January 27. This order has already affected the U.S. “Overall, I think the Muslim ban was very unnecessary and sending a message of hate to other countries,” says Brittany Miller.

by Andrea Ricker, Editor-in-Chief

On Friday, January 27, President Donald Trump signed a new executive order, which includes a number of things, including a temporary ban on seven (majority) Muslim countries, and suspension of the U.S. refugee program. Four Meridian students share their thoughts on this new order.

“I think the Muslim ban is shameful to our country. America is supposed to be the land of opportunity, where people can come for a new life, and we’re going to turn them away? The Muslim ban is a dark mark on our country,” says senior Claire Reynolds.

There have already been protests in places like Washington D.C., the JFK airport, New York City, and other major cities. However, not everyone is against this decision. “If they want to come into our country and threaten us, then they should be deported. I think it’s a safe way to keep our country together and at peace with ourselves,” says senior Brittany Adams. She also states that it’s not a Muslim ban, and if it was, “it would be more than 40 countries being banned from the United States, not just 7.”

“My thoughts on the ban is that it is temporary and that it will give America time to make decisions about what we should do – to keep it temporary or not,” says senior Reba Ozier. She adds that she doesn’t agree with every aspect of it. While Ozier agrees with not letting people from these countries in, she doesn’t agree with the fact that Saudi Arabia, “the country spreading terrorism on its own,” isn’t banned. She also disagrees with keeping U.S. citizens away in other countries, “that hate the U.S. now.”

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NO BAN. People protest for what they believe in at the JFK airport. Protests like this have been happening in a lot of major cities as well. “I truly hope all of this goes away soon, and that we can all come together and learn to love one another no matter what race or religion,” says Brittany Miller.

 

The countries included in this ban are Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Yemen. “The ban is ineffective because these are only a few Muslim countries, none of which were involved in the 911 terrorist attacks. So, if we banned these countries, why not others? Why any in the first place?” says senior Brittany Miller. However, Ozier thinks it’s effective because “it makes it harder for people with bad intentions to get into the country.”

So, what would you say to someone whose opinion is different than yours? Ozier states that she would remind them that it’s a temporary ban, and would tell people who only disagree with the ban because of Trump, “Do your research. Don’t hate on it just because of Trump. Obama had a 6-month ban for Iraqis.” Miller says that she would ask, “Where is the #alllivesmatter now?

“This happening in 2017 sounds like a dystopian novel,” says Reynolds, “I’m genuinely worried about where our country is headed in the future. I really do feel like the first four years of my adult life are going to be spent fighting a government that wants to oppress the majority of their people. It makes me sad.”