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Trump forbids Muslims to get into the USA!

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The new US President Donald Trump has been facing a lot of criticism because of his recent executive order that imposes a ban on Muslim refugees from selected countries, including Syria, Iraq and Iran, from entering the United States.

President Trump’s executive order bans all arrivals from some countries in the Middle East and North Africa for 4 months. The goal is to ensure extreme vetting of all incoming refugees and to keep potential terrorists out.

As of now refugees from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia have been blocked from entering the US. The order caps the number of refugees allowed to enter the US to just 50,000, as against 117,000 in the previous year.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) have called upon President Trump to reconsider his decision. The agencies have said, “The needs of refugees and migrants worldwide have never been greater and the US resettlement programme is one of the most important in the world.”

Senator Chuck Schumer of the Democratic Party said: “Tears are running down the cheeks of the Statue of Liberty tonight as a grand tradition of America, welcoming immigrants, that has existed since America was founded, has been stomped upon.”

“Taking in immigrants and refugees is not only humanitarian but has also boosted our economy and created jobs decade after decade. This is one of the most backward and nasty executive orders that the president has issued,” Senator Schumer added.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said that it would challenge the executive order in court “because its apparent purpose and underlying motive is to ban people of the Islamic faith from Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States”.

Lena F Masri of CAIR said, “There is no evidence that refugees – the most thoroughly vetted of all people entering our nation – are a threat to national security. This is an order that is based on bigotry, not reality.”

Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani human rights activist who has won a Nobel Peace Prize said that the United States was “turning its back on a proud history of welcoming refugees and immigrants – the people who helped build your country, ready to work hard in exchange for a fair chance at a new life”.

Malala added: “I am heartbroken that Syrian refugee children, who have suffered through six years of war by no fault of their own, are singled out for discrimination.”

Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, said in a statement released on his Facebook page, “My great grandparents came from Germany, Austria and Poland. Priscillas parents were refugees from China and Vietnam. The United States is a nation of immigrants, and we should be proud of that. Like many of you, Im concerned about the impact of the recent executive orders signed by President Trump.”

“We need to keep this country safe, but we should do that by focusing on people who actually pose a threat. Expanding the focus of law enforcement beyond people who are real threats would make all Americans less safe by diverting resources, while millions of undocumented folks who don pose a threat will live in fear of deportation,” Zuckerberg said.

Author: Raghav Hegde – India

sourcephoto: bbc


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