• An Nguyen

Trump's Muslim Ban

Donald Trump had made it clear he wanted to keep Muslims from entering the U.S. Now that he is president, he is starting to make this plan happen.

On January 27, 2017, Trump signed an executive order that restricted the rights of people from seven Muslim-majority countries which includes Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia from entering the U.S. It is called the “travel ban,” but the official title of the executive order is called, "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States."

This policy targets a particular religious group, and even though it doesn't cover every country in which Muslims predominate, it is unconstitutional. Many people question if this executive order is to discriminate against Muslims. And, if it is, can it be legal?

According to CNN.com, the White House has pointed out that there is nothing in the order that specifically bans Muslims from entering the country. Trump’s lawyers have argued that the president has every right to issue an order like this to protect the country from terrorists. Many people believe that this ban is unconstitutional.

Immigrants living in the U.S are very upset about this new order because it is affecting them. Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg said the United States needs to keep its citizens safe, but should focus on "people who actually pose a threat."

*UPDATE: On February 9, 2017, Federal Appeals Court Unanimously Refuses to Reinstate Trump Travel Ban to Seven Muslim Countries.