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.

Refutation: What About the Economy?

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We all know that Donald Trump’s main goal in implementing his travel ban is “protecting” American lives, but is the injustice he is forcing upon the many immigrants and refugees trying to enter the country really worth the potential economic pitfalls?

According to Forbes, the travel ban can have some serious implications for trade and the U.S. economy, including tariffs, in addition to copying Trump’s order and implementing it in their own country, making business a lot harder for companies that have manufacturing plants outside of the U.S.

Similarly, one of the bigger economic impacts that Trump’s policy could lead to is a decrease in overall tourism in the United States. Although the ban makes it impossible for immigrants and refugees to come to America from seven predominantly Muslim countries, the sheer fact that the United States is partaking in an extremely exclusive, threatening foreign policy is enough to scare some potential visitors from other un-banned foreign countries from visiting. This could cause the U.S. to lose substantial income from tourism, even if they are not directly effected by the travel ban.

Not only that, but it could have implications for the American education system as well, especially in terms of foreign students coming to America for college, which could effect costs for United States citizens attending college. International students made up 5.2% of the college system in 2016, and the fear is that the students being banned from the country due to the travel ban will decide not to enroll in the fall, and could also effect the choices of students of countries who are not on the ban list, much like the tourism debacle.

Although the protection of the American people should be the top priority of the President, the extreme nature of his ban and it’s deterrence of tourism should not burden the many Americans who suffer from this ban. President Trump needs to fully understand the economic implications of this plan, not just the implications for the Trump brand, to see if this is truly the best plan for America and the refugees and immigrants seeking safety.

Miscellaneous: What You Can Do to Help

The immigration executive order has left many people powerless, wondering: “what can I do to help?” Although it seems almost impossible to make a difference at an incredibly tumultuous time in American history, there are a few actions that can be taken to show support and solidarity with the many innocent people that are being exiled from America, whether you have money or simply even time to spare.

Sarah Friedmann offers 13 ways to demonstrate solidarity and concern for the many effected by this order, many of which can be done in five minutes or less. Of the more accessible, Friedmann offers the idea of calling representatives in the federal government to voice concern for the order and the effect that it has had, or simply sharing an informative post to your Facebook feed.

For those looking to be more hands on in their support, Friedmann suggests offering up legal or language skills to do pro-bono work when dealing with immigration police or in court. Additionally, the idea of bringing necessities to the lawyers and translators at airports to give to their clients can be useful in getting them things like toothbrushes and clean clothes

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About Me: Olivia Verni

immigration-reform-rally-in-los-angeles_5_1.jpgHi! My name is Olivia, and I am a sophomore Government and Politics and Public Relations double major, minoring in Spanish. I am interested in learning about how government and social media overlap, and how citizens are socialized by the media they consume.There is not doubt that social media, specifically Twitter, has played a large role in this past election cycle. It seems that now, more than ever, there are more politically polarized accounts on social media sites, which has sparked quite a few feuds in the online world.

Donald Trump’s recent immigration ban is not only an attack on the basic principles of freedom and equality that America was built on, but also turns it’s back on everything engraved at the bottom of the Statue of Liberty, the symbol of hope and light for immigrants. America is a nation built on immigrants, but we as a society somehow forget that and look past the fact that had it not been for immigrants, most of us would not be here.

To me, the above picture is a perfect response to people that are against open boarders. Without immigrants from earlier eras, we would not have so many things that we have today. Immigrants and people from different cultures help us to learn, grow, and think about how the other side lives, and deserve the chance at a life outside of war torn and corrupt countries.