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.

Miscellaneous: Dallas Protests

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In Geo.tv’s article, the authors recount the large protest that took place in Dallas. People of all races, religions, and more took to the streets to support immigrants’ rights.

Below are some tweets from the march:

Check out the Twitter hashtag #MegaMarch2017 to see more tweets from the march.

 

Miscellaneous: Not Just White-Christians Should Have It This Easy

 

In this video, popular talk show host, James Corden, walks through the airport to show how easy it is for him to get through security. The purpose of this is to show that all legal immigrants should be able to have it this easy, not just White Christian ones.

Refutation: Not Fully Protected

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Vice President Mike Pence has made many statements of support about Trump’s Immigration ban, stating that stating to Fox News’ Sean Hannity that what Trump did is “impose a pause on countries that have been compromised by terrorism so that we can evaluate the screening process and establish … extreme vetting so that people coming in to this country don’t represent a threat to our families and our communities.” From this logic, there should be many more countries with travel bans, including the Philippines, Turkey, India, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Egypt, and more. However Trump has properties (or is involved in properties) in six (Philippines, Indonesia, and Egypt) of the countries listed above, and is in business with a wealthy family from the other (Malaysia.) According to CNN, there are a total of 40 countries that have active terrorist cells, are the base for terrorist organizations, or are state sponsors of terrorism. However, only seven have official travel bans. Trump’s defense of those specific countries is that they were originally chosen by Obama’s administration as “countries of concern,”

While those countries have a travel ban, there are still 33 that do not have any restrictions. The argument that by banning just those 7 countries will eliminate foreign-terrorists from entering the country is ludicrous. According to Nowrasteh, between 1975 and 2015, only 20 refugees have been convicted of attempting a terrorist act (zero Americans were injured/killed in these attempts.) Additionally, it can be seen in the previous article, that out of 580 terrorist related convictions, 92 people were U.S Citizens, while 40 were foreign-born, and 241 were not actually for terrorist offenses.

This proves that banning entry to Syrian refugees and individuals from the seven banned countries does nothing to prevent more terrorist attacks. Trump’s ban is only doing more harm than good by damaging international relations, blocking families who are only seeking safety, and inciting domestic tension.

Here is a map of countries banned by Trump with countries he’s done business in:

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Miscellaneous: Quick Facts About The Ban

Above is a video by popular youtuberCaseyNeistat showcasing the initial protests to Trump’s executive order. The reactions seen above are not singular to New York City, as shown in the video- it can be seen across the country. Many people who boarded planes with valid visas in the “banned countries” arrived back in the United States only to be detained on the spot because of their nationality. Further information regarding the Travel Ban can be found here on Politifact. The website linked gives details about the Travel Ban and how it affects both green card holders and nonimmigrant visa card holders.

About me: Troi Barbour

Hi! My name is Troi Barbour (pronounced like Troy Barb-oar) and I am a sophomore public relations major at the University of Maryland College Park. In the future, I really hope to work in a media outreach or crisis management department in either the entertainment industry or in the political sector.

Growing up, I was surrounded by diversity and was taught to embrace cultural differences and learn from them. Many family members and extremely close family friends of mine are immigrants to the United States, a country that is the way it is today because of mass immigration. Since our country prides itself in its diversity, it is troubling to me that Donald Trump is imposing a travel ban, ruining the very foundation our country was built on. Not only does this place fear into many who live in the country because they are worried about relatives or even themselves being targeted, it ruins international relations, and sparks domestic tension.

While this is ethically and morally wrong, it also largely affects our economy and political relationships. As someone who’s campaign was based on his background as a business man, you would think Trump would have considered the damaging affect his ban would have on the country- but tragically he did not. I am strongly opposed to the travel ban amongst other things Trump’s presidency would bring to this country and hope this blog will show my perspective and help influence your opinion.