By Garrett Athey
President Trump issued a new immigration policy on January 27th that suspended refugee resettlement and early entry into the United States from several countries in the Middle East. The suspended countries included in the ban are Libya, Sudan, Yemen, Somalia, Iraq, Iran, and Syria. The action was taken by Trump to protect the U.S. from potential terrorists entering the country while his team create stricter background checks. Anyone with a visa or green card holder from those specific countries is prevented from coming into the U.S.
Although many people are against this new policy, Trump has the power to take this action as the President. According to the law, the President can issue an immigration ban on foreigners as long as he or she believes there is a threat to national security. However, Trump’s policy will most likely be sent to the Supreme Court to make sure the action was within the authority of the Executive Branch. If the Supreme Court rules that the ban was not within the President’s power it will be repealed immediately.
The policy has caused controversy because some people question Trump’s real purpose for instituting this policy. Some feel as though the action was taken on the basis of discrimination towards people from the Middle East. Junior Natalie Proviano feels the policy is a good idea because “The countries included in the ban are dangerous and have been under surveillance for awhile, Trump’s policy will prevent these countries from threatening the national security and protect Americans as well.” People feel safer as a result of the ban because they feel the government is doing more to protect the country from acts of terrorism. However, others disagree with the new policy because of the intentions it holds to ban certain people from entering the United States. Junior Zach Rizk feels the policy is a hurtful act taken by Trump, “It was rushed and it limits refugees that need help from entering the United States. Trump doesn’t realize that it is hurting the countries that the ban is placed on.” Those who oppose the policy do not like how Trump is preventing groups of people from coming into the U.S. because of the region that they come from.
The policy will continue to be in effect unless the Supreme Court rules against it or if Trump himself feels that it is no longer needed. This is just the beginning of Trump’s plans as President in order to make Americans safer from foreigners. This order could even mess up relationships with other countries that feel that it is discriminatory towards specific groups of people. Only time will tell how far Trump will go with his policies in order to get what he wants done in the government.