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Immigration: An Unresolved Issue

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Immigration: An Unresolved Issue

From Trump’s rally in Nashville, Tennessee March 15, 2017. Promotional photo

From Trump’s rally in Nashville, Tennessee March 15, 2017. Promotional photo

From Trump’s rally in Nashville, Tennessee March 15, 2017. Promotional photo

From Trump’s rally in Nashville, Tennessee March 15, 2017. Promotional photo

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Originally signed at the end of January, Trump’s first travel ban executive order was intended to ban the influx of people from Sudan, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Sudan to the United States for 90 days. It also called for a 120-day stop on bringing in refugees, as well as a permanent halt on the United States bringing in refugees from Syria.

The order was titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States” and is being called a ban on Muslims, due to the fact that these countries contain populations with the majority of their citizens being Muslim.

“I don’t think you should ban a whole group of people, but I can understand if they’re on a terrorist watch list or a no-fly list,” junior Connor Shattuck said.

However, many wonder how President Trump came up with this specific list of countries. The list was originally created by the Obama administration, deeming the list of countries as “concerning” because of bombing or “boots on the ground” within most of them.

The courts rejected the initial ban stating it did not advocate for national security, and it provided no evidence to suggest that persons from any of the seven countries posed a threat.

Approximately one month later, President Trump released his revised travel ban Wednesday, March 15, and it was yet again blocked by federal courts. This new travel ban excluded Iraq and made a few other changes,  

Judges from Hawaii and Maryland refused to accept the order on the grounds of religious discrimination.

Hawaii Attorney General Douglas Chin told NPR on Thursday, March 16, “The only reasonable interpretation that you can get out of a ban that has six Muslim-majority nations not allowed entry– even though none of them actually committed any deathly terror attacks since 9/11 … is that it was a ban that disfavors one religion against another.”

Thus, on the grounds of a violation of the First Amendment, Trump’s travel ban has been halted again.

Trump, angered by the judicial check of his power, told his rally in Tennessee the night of March 15, “We’re going to win. We’re going to keep our citizens safe. And regardless, we’re going to keep our citizens safe. Believe me.”

However, until the judges feel that it complies with the Constitution that the ban is not a target toward a specific religion, it appears it will continue to be contested in court.

“I think [the travel ban] needs to be crafted in a way that doesn’t violate the Constitution,” Chin told NPR.

Northwest students tend to agree.

“I have no problem with [the travel ban], so long as it follows the Constitution,” senior Will Higgins said.

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