International Travel Ban
By Guin Cote
Edited by Alyssa Paquin
Along with the election of a new President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, so also comes the establishment of newly proposed laws, may that have been met with mixed controversy among the public in regards to the new leader of the country. A plan for a wall along the U.S. border and issues between church and state when it comes to politics are just a few of the promised arrangements by the new president. Included in these propositions is a travel ban, one that would discontinue the allowed entrance of immigrants from seven Muslim states* for a period of time.
The most recent election has not been without a stance by the public. Women and members of the LGBT community have taken to social media and to the streets with signs in hand and outcries of determination as the new president has settled into the White House, who fear that his future plans and decisions will threaten their freedom. Most recently, the issue of the travel ban has also been met with frequent and large protests, as citizens of the United States who have immigrated from the countries under the travel ban see their families stopped in airports and refused entrance to the country. Businesses have even been shut down in regards to losses of rights.
While the public has accused Trump of his decision being of religious and racial opinions, Trump has insisted that his ban is the security of safety in the United States, simply a matter of keeping the threat of terrorism out of the country. Nevertheless, the proposition has met legal challenges and is still in the works. New arrangements have been suggested, such as those holding green cards still having access granted. Time will tell if the travel ban passes.
*States under travel ban: Syria, Iraq, Somalia, Iran, Sudan, Libya, and Yemen. A map of the areas is provided below: