Why Trump’s Executive Order Has Nothing to Do With ‘Muslim Ban’

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
By Paul Martin


Donald Trump’s recent executive order has sparked a heated debate both in the US and abroad. While some lambast the US President for what they call a “Muslim ban,” others argue that the temporary ban on admission of refugees will add to the country’s security.

US President Donald Trump’s executive order has prompted some US politicians and mainstream media pundits to dub it a “Muslim ban.”
It is no secret that during his election campaign Donald Trump called for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until [the US’] representatives can figure out what is going on.”

However, the executive order signed last Friday does not contain the word “Muslim” in it, furthermore, the measure is temporary, Trump’s supporters argue.

Nevertheless, asylum seekers from seven Muslim-majority countries have been banned from entering the US since Friday night.

The executive action, entitled “Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States,” was inked on January 27 suspending the US refugee program for 120 days and banning Syrian refugees until “sufficient changes have been made to the USRAP” (United States Refugee Admissions Program).

In addition, it prohibits entry to the US for nationals from six other Muslim-majority counties — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen — for at least 90 days.

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