Owning true to some of his campaign pledges, President of the United States of America, Donald J. Trump has begun to issue executive actions regarding travel ban on migrants especially Muslims and building the wall at the border between US and Mexico.
Reports coming from White House says Mr. Trump is implementing the plan to temporarily ban migrants from Muslim countries including Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, Sudan, and Somalia, and other countries deemed a ‘threat to national security.’
It was listed that in the next few days, the US President is expected to:
- Direct federal funds toward the construction of a wall along the southern border
- Target so-called ‘sanctuary’ cities that decline to prosecute undocumented aliens
Measures still being finalized and subject to change include:
- A four-month freeze on admission of all refugees
- Grant exceptions to Christians and other minorities fleeing Muslim persecution
- Halt visas to people from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen because the Muslim-majority countries are ‘terror prone’
- The visa bans would last at least 30 days while vetting processes are reviewed
- Stop protecting illegal immigrants who arrived in the US as children from deportation
Mr. Trump even hinted on these plans via his Twitter page when he twitted:
Big day planned on NATIONAL SECURITY tomorrow. Among many other things, we will build the wall!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2017
Meanwhile, there’s an exception for the religious minority fleeing persecution including Christians escaping death in Syria and other Muslim majority countries. According to a representative of a public policy organization that monitors refugee issues, the proposed plans include a travel ban and at least a four-month halt on all refugee admissions, as well as temporary ban on people coming from some Muslim majority countries
A recorded number of Muslims that entered the US in 2016 during the Obama administration was released by the Pew Research Centre and it showed that the US government permitted 38,901 Muslim refugees to enter the country in 2016, nearly half of the total number of refugees it permitted into its borders. The report says that the fiscal 2016, which ended on September 30, was the first time in 10 years that the US admitted more Muslims than Christians.
Hence, the Republican president was expected to sign the orders at the Washington headquarters of the Department of Homeland Security, whose responsibilities include immigration and border security
Many Americans who agree with Trump on Muslim migrants had decried President Barack Obama’s decision to increase the number of Syrian refugees admitted to the United States over fears that those fleeing the country’s civil war would carry out attacks.
Countries like Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen have been gravely marked by the US as core terrorist countries. Dozens of thousands of people have died in these countries as civil, religious and political war, while millions have become refugees and migrants.
- Iraq, for instance, has been unstable ever since the 2003 invasion of the country by US forces;
- Iran has been designated by the US State Department as ‘the foremost sponsor of terrorism in 2015, providing a range of support, including financial, training, and equipment, to groups around the world.
- Libya, the North African nation, has been a powder keg in which terrorist organizations have been fighting for control of the country since the NATO-backed ouster of their long-time ruler, Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.
- Somalia is widely regarded as a failed state. It was ranked as the most fragile country in the world by the Fund for Peace in 2016. Without a functioning central government, the East African country has disintegrated further into a civil war fought by terrorist group Al-Shabab.
- Sudan depicted as terrorism sponsors in 1993 by the US State Department at the time the country’s government was allegedly harboring figures like Osama bin Laden in addition to fighters from al Qaeda, Hezbollah, Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the Abu Nidal Organization, and Jamaat al-Islamiyya.
- BBC reported that Yemen, one of the most impoverished Arab countries, has been in the grip of a civil war fought between forces loyal to the established government of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and the Houthi rebel movement.
On building a great wall to bar Mexican illegal migrants from entering the US, President Trump insistence that Mexico would pay for the structure which would initially be paid for with a congressionally approved spending bill and Mexico will eventually reimburse the US, though he has not specified how he would guarantee payments.