Trump Triggers Turbulence

In only a week into his presidency, newly elected Donald Trump has signed an executive order on January 27, keeping most refugees, immigrants, and travelers (even with approved green cards and visas) from seven predominantly Muslim countries out of the United States. This quick ban took people by surprise worldwide, causing a mix of chaos and confusion.

The following day after the ban, a federal judge in Brooklyn put a partial and temporary block on the order, stopping the government from deporting a few arrivals into America. In addition, a couple hundred refugees who were already organized to be sent to the U.S. were allowed to enter the country despite the ban.

As expected, protests to the confusing order arose in airports around the country with voices to be heard. A myriad of people and media outlets have given their input into the situation.

Former president Barack Obama has spoken out about his disagreement, saying he “fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith or religion”. However, according to the New York Times, Obama had decided people of the same countries to require visas to enter the United States in 2015. Also, the Obama administration set a similar ban in 2011, not allowing refugees in Iraq to enter the United States for six months.

Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada went out on Twitter to say, “To those fleeing persecution, terror, and war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength.” This has put out the assumption of open arms to refugees, and a frown on America’s new leader.

Trudeau also added the hashtag “Welcome to Canada”, in which Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, responded with the hashtag “Welcome to Scotland too”.

Celebrities have spoken up about their opinions out as well, just as Ellen DeGeneres, television host and comedian, did. DeGeneres related it to the movie Finding Dory, a Disney film in which she was a voice actor in. DeGeneres humorously said, “After crossing the divide, Dory enlists fellow creatures in her search, “animals that don’t even need her. Animals that don’t have anything in common with her. They help her, even though they’re completely different colours. Because that’s what you do when you see someone in need – you help them.”

Trump has caused a lot of controversy throughout his nomination and now presidency, and his new immigration ban has not changed this. People around the world have been lost in confusion and in rage about the order, and hopefully this will calm down within our country. Overall, people worldwide hope for the best within the United States and in others as well.

Photo Credit: Rachel Aston, Las Vegas Review Journal

Protest in McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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