Stop the Immigration Ban: a Summary

Over the past few weeks have have argued that President Donald Trump’s immigration ban not only negatively effects the immigrants and refugees that it excludes from the country, but also effects the United States, in addition to countries not included in the ban.

In Week 1, we discussed how America is a nation of hypocrites due to the fact that we are more concerned with international terrorism than domestic, even though domestic terrorism is much more likely. Our statement on America’s hypocrisy goes even further in discussing how the ban essentially disavows America as a melting pot of races and cultures that we were once so welcoming of in the 20th century when Europeans were entering the country. As part of a better understanding of Trump’s policies, we talked about the roots of the term “Alternative facts,” and the implications it has for our country. And finally, in Week 1, we discussed how using such a heinous system to keep people out of our country does nothing but generalize immigrants and refugees as dangerous, even when a very small number of immigrants and refugees have bad intentions.

For Week 2, we started off by giving some insight into the protests calling for an end to the ban, specifically at airports, and how people were rallying together for change. We then discussed thirteen ways that Americans could help with the ban, through actions like donating to alleviate costs to simply tweeting facts about the ban. Later, we wrote in regards to Donald Trump’s frequent Twitter binges, in which he often puts his foot in his mouth, and the tone that his social media abuse sets for the outlook of the ban and the rest of his term.

Week 3 had a few different focuses, one of them being economics and the legitimacy of the ban. We argue that Trump’s call to deport immigrants would be much too costly for the American people, not to mention, completely unrealistic. Following that, we continue to discuss that, given Trump’s reasoning behind the ban, the seven countries currently included in the ban are no where near enough to fully “protect” us, given the criteria he has deemed “unsafe.” Week 3 ended on a video of tv host James Corden doing an experiment in an airport, demonstrating how easy it is for a white man to make it through airport security.

For Week 4, we added content regarding the true implications the ban has for immigrants already living in America, and the fear that comes along with being an immigrant or refugee in America, especially in terms of ICE control. We also touched on how immigrants have built up our economy, especially in terms of development of apps and other technology-centric businesses, and how or decision to block people from our country could have negative implications on tourism and the cost of college in America. We finished up Week 4 by discussing the role the media and celebrities have played in the ban, and how the ban is stirring up fear in the eyes of black citizens.

In all, we still hold true to our remarks set fourth at the beginning of the project and our stance on the ban. In doing more research, we are now better educated and can fully defend our position on the immigration ban and its implications.


Miscellaneous: Foreign View On Ban


While we often think about the view of U.S citizens and families of the banned countries, we often forget that other countries have opinions on the matter. This ban not only effects our relationships with the seven banned countries, but also around the world. Many predominantly Muslim countries that were not on the banned list are appalled by the executive order. Even close allies such as Britain and France disagree. These linkshow tweets and a video from representatives from other countries and their views. An overwhelming amount show disagreement, however one politician from the Netherlands said he would do the same.

Affirmation: Immigrants and the Media

Not only has the immigration ban affected America economically, but it also has creatively. Two time Oscar winner  Asghar Farhadi, an Iranian director, boycotted the 2017 Oscars because of Donald Trump’s ban. He stated that his “absence is out of respect for the people of my country and those of other six nations whom have been disrespected by the inhumane law that bans entry of immigrants to the U.S., dividing the world into the ‘us and our enemies’ categories creates fear.” Many other celebrities made statements against the ban, including Yara Shahidi, daughter of an Iranian immigrant, Jesse Williams, who referenced Steve Job’s Syrian father,

The media is and was home to many immigrants, such as Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Salma Hayek, Audrey Hepburn, and Gloria Estefan. Specifically, celebrities such as supermodel Iman, who was born in Somalia, Paula Abdul, who’s father was born in Syria, Jerry Seinfeld, who’s grandfather was born in Syria, Iranian-American actress Nasim Pedrad, all are either from or have ancestry in countries banned. This proves that the immigration ban, if it stays in place, has the possibility to prevent future stars from entering the country. Not only are they famous for being actors, singers, or comedians, they also have contributed a lot to America through their philanthropy.

The ban also affected the promotion of new shows and movies internationally. Celebrities who are in America on a temporary visa faced danger of not being let back into the country. This would cause loss of profit for filmmakers. Additionally, it shows that no one is safe from the ban, it doesn’t only affect those abroad, but also those with more money in the country.

Below are some tweets from celebrities pertaining to the Immigration Ban.

Refutation: Muslim Ban Isn’t Just Limited To Muslims

Donald Trump and his supporters rationalize the executive order by claiming they attempt to prevent terrorism by impeding the travel from six majority Muslim countries. But, if that’s the case, then there is no explanation behind why people who aren’t from these countries are also getting hassled and denied entrance when travelling to the United States of America.

Although there are relatively stringent orders, many Africans also fear that they are being impacted by this executive order. An article from CNN states how several Nigerians have stated that they have been denied entry since the executive order has been placed. One instance is from a real estate businessman, named Femi Olaniyi, who was travelling to Los Angeles with a visa. As he recounts, an immigration officer proceeded to interrogate him and then held him in a cell for four days. Following the four days, he then revoked his visa and sent him back to Nigeria.

The explanation that was provided for the practices against numerous Nigerians was that it was in order to “establish practice rather than new policies of the Trump administration.” But if the ban is in order to monitor the people coming in from the six specified countries in the executive order, then the acts of denial of Nigerians goes against the pupose of protecting from terrorism. This raises the question of whether the executive order is really about banning Muslims or if it’s a ban on Black and brown people/

Miscellaneous: First DREAMer Deported

The first protected DREAMer has been deported under Trump’s new immigration plan.

Manuel Montes, 23, was granted protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which was created under the Obama administration.  Although Montes was a DREAMer and protected from being deported, the Trump administration brought him to the Mexico border to deport him.  This article explains the full story of Manuel Montes, an immigrant who was trying to better his life, who now awaits his return to the U.S..


Miscellaneous: University Employee Fired for Trump Support

University of Wisconsin, La Crosse law dispatcher was fired when she defended Trump’s immigration policies while having a conversation with a coworker. The university fired her on the grounds of “threatening or abusive language” and “conduct unbecoming a university employee”.

She was offered her job back 3 days after receiving her termination letter though, after Twitter and other social media platforms started to report on the firing.

Miscellaneous: Hit Them Where It Hurts

As a result of the Muslim ban, U.S. tourism has actually declined. This is not surprising, due to the fact that specific countries are basically banned from entry, however, the impact is greater than expected. This ban has also caused a decline in tourism from Europe and Asia, as well as our neighboring countries. Check out this article to read more about the consequences of this executive order. Maybe Donald Trump will reconsider this ban, if we get hit where it hurts, which is our nation’s economy. 20160322175236-airplane-airport-travel-leaving-going