US President Trump's executive order states that anyone coming to the US from Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, or Yemen has to go through a 90-day period of visa suspension. The ban also cuts the number of refugees accepted into the U.S. annually by more than half. In this article written by the BBC panel, a 2015 graph is provided and shows how many people are affected by the ban from each of the targeted countries. The prime victim is Iran, and all countries targeted are majority Muslim countries. However, President Trump posted on Facebook that "To be clear, this is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting. This is not about religion - this is about terror and keeping our country safe. There are over 40 different countries worldwide that are majority Muslim that are not affected by this order."
This May 24 article written by the Guardian panel shows the experiences of four families that have been torn apart by the fault of the travel ban. Robert, who chose not to use his real name in the interview, has been separated from his wife, Raha, by the travel ban. Robert had applied for an immigrant visa for Raha so that they can be united in the U.S., but his plan was derailed when President Trump signed the executive order that prevents people from many Muslim countries from entering the U.S. Robert is unsure when he will be able to see his wife, and says their his "marriage is in limbo". Baraa, also using a pseudonym, had to leave his daughter with a friend in Malaysia. His eldest daughter and wife were allowed to enter the U.S., and Baraa says: "It was a very cruel choice, but what could I have done? I had no other choice. I couldn’t risk all of them losing their chance of getting in." They are originally from Yemen, which is heavily affected by the war. While some may argue that the ban is being created to keep people in the U.S. safe, what about everyone in the targeted countries? Families are being torn apart, and parents are worried about the safety of their children. People are doing whatever they can to get their families back together.
This article shows first-hand accounts of how the travel ban is tearing families apart worldwide. Lyric Lewin captures the experiences of 14 people directly affected by the travel ban. Families have been separated, like Habiba Mohamed and Abdalla Munye, who came to the U.S. days before Trump's inauguration. Their daughter was supposed to join them shortly after, but her trip was called off due to the travel ban. Everyone hopes their family is safe, and wonders when they will be able to see then next. Some people, like Hadi Alhassani, actually consider leaving the U.S. and say they would rather start over in a new country than raise their kids here. Even students who came to the U.S. on a student visa fear they will be sent back to their home country when they graduate. This is the problem Raya Bidshahri, form Iran, is worried about. She will graduate from Boston University in May, but the university has warned her that is she returns to Iran, she may not be granted re-entry to the U.S. Raya says: "My family put in all of their investments and financial resources to allow me to come here and make things happen. We are treated like we’re terrorists as if we want to cause trouble when above all we just want to make the United States a better place -- contributing whether it’s through research, studying, or entrepreneurship.”
CNN's article by Lyric Lewin explains that some people support President Trump's travel ban because it will promote safety in the United States. Danny Eapen, born to Indian parents in Qatar is in support of the ban because he believes it doesn't target all primarily Muslim countries, seeing as Indonesia is not on the list. Amanda Patrick, who has a 5-year-old son, says she is concerned for the safety of Americans. She believes only refugees who have gone through a thorough examination process should be allowed to stay in the U.S. Betty Norris, who is also a mother, is in support of refugees coming to the U.S. if it is done illegally. She thinks that all immigrants coming to the U.S. should be treated the same way any other American is, paying taxes, bills, and other such things. She states that the problem is with the countries the refugees are coming from and that this problem can only be solved if every country can take care of its own citizens.
Trump's original travel ban targeted seven countries, but the new executive order signed on March 6th excluded Iraq from the ban. However, the ban was blocked on March 15th. Global Fund for Women, an international foundation that advocates for women's, girls, and humans rights, reached out to the seven originally targeted countries to learn how the ban is affecting them. A woman working with the Global Fund for Women’s grantee partner Ajial Association for Intelligence and Creation Development in Diyala, Iraq, states that “It will implant a sense of shame at being a certain nationality that the president deemed to be terrorist. We hope this ban will be overturned.” This organizations goal is to educate the future Iraqui generations. Liza Hido, an advisor to the Global Fund for Women states that the long-term effect of the ban “will certainly impact women’s rights activists as it will limit their movement and therefore limit their participation in international spaces—limiting them to only national or regional ones.” The majority of the Global Fund for Women's funding comes from the US, so they started protesting the ban almost immediately after it was announced.
Bruce Springsteen made his stance on the travel ban clear during his concert in Australia on January 30, saying “America is a nation of immigrants, and we find this anti-democratic and fundamentally un-American.” During the concert, Springsteen dedicated the song American Land, and said: to the“Tonight we wanted to add our voices to the thousands of Americans who are protesting in airports around our country the Muslim ban and detention of foreign nationals and refugees.” This is not the first time Springsteen has criticised President Trump. Springsteen has also said the following about Trump “It’s the thinnest possible mask of masculinity. And it wouldn’t fool anybody from the Greatest Generation,”. Springsteen doesn't seem to be afraid to speak his mind, and I figure it's far from the last time he'll comment on Trump's action.