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.

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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: 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

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: 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.