On the 27th of January, 2017, President Trump shook the globe when he signed an executive order temporarily banning refugees and citizens traveling to the states from seven Muslim-majority countries. While the newly-elected President thought the move would go extra miles in keeping a tight rein on ‘radical Islamic terrorists’, a whole lot of people across the world think he’s being unfair to Muslims.
Many of Trump’s loyal supporters feel the president of the most powerful country in the world is actually working his way into making America Great Again, as pledged, but dozens of his critics, on the other hand, feel the vigorous leader is attacking the weak and vulnerable, instead of protecting them.
The executive order barred Syria, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Sudan and Somalia from entering the United States for the next 90 days. It also suspended the admission of all refugees for 120 days and indefinitely paused the Syrian refugee program of US.
Germany and France expressed diinstigated scontent with Trump’s measures. France’s foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, during a joint press briefing with his Germany counterpart, reminded Trump that it is the duty of leaders to provide shelter to fleeing refugees. Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn, who is also a leader in the European Union condemned the new measures. From Africa, President Jacob Zuma has been encouraged to toe the lines of other leaders by condemning Trump’s new measure.
In a statement released by SA NGO – Oxfam, Zuma was asked to publicly differ from the order by “pledging to increase the number of refugees in South Africa’s resettlement programme, including those denied a safe haven in the USA”.
Though South Africa currently hosts about 1 217 708 refugees and migrants, the NGO wants Zuma to absorb more fleeing refugees.
Trump’s Executive Muslim Ban Order: Fast Facts You Need To Know
1. Some listed Countries Impose Bans Of their Own While the new measure got the world shocked, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) reported that Syria, Sudan, Iran, Iraq, Yemen and Libya all forbid Israeli passport holders from entering their countries. These six countries also barred 10 other nations from entering their countries.
The 10 nations are; Algeria, Bangladesh, Brunei, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
2. The Order Affected 65.3 Million People Worldwide Trump’s executive order didn’t only affect predominantly Islamic countries in other continents, African countries such as Somalia, Libya, and Sudan had their share too. Generally, 65.3 million people were displaced worldwide.
3. Trump Claimed He Borrowed A Leaf From Obama’s Policy While Donald Trump is hell-bent that there was a precedent for his executive order, many reports validated that Obama only temporarily stopped processing Iraqi refugees and never imposed a ban. In 2011, Obama enforced a more stringent screening process after the FBI arrested two Iraqi asylum seekers on terrorism charges in Kentucky.
4. The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Has Promised To Review The Travel Ban International media outlets reported that shortly after the order was announced, US customs and Border officers began to implement the order. The aftermath of the enforcement left most people stranded. But the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has since announced that the travel ban would be reviewed.