On Friday, 27 January, President Trump signed into power his most controversial executive order of his short Presidency so far. This executive order would drastically restrict the immigration of civilians from several Muslim countries. These countries were Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. The order suspended all refugee admission for at least 120 days while barring all Syrian refugees indefinitely.
Ignoring, for now, the hugely troubling humanity crisis behind such a blatantly racist act, of banning an entire countries people fleeing war because of the actions of a minority within a religion.
The convenient facts surrounding the countries chosen, or rather not chosen, by Trump in his ‘Muslim Ban’ are similarly disturbing. Most alarmingly is the business interests President Trump holds in similarly predominant Muslim countries, which have escaped Trump’s immigration ban.
In Saudi Arabia, Trump holds numerous business interests in Jeddah, the second largest city outside Mecca. Between 1975 and 2015, Saudi Arabian citizens have killed 2,369 Americans.
In the United Arab Emirates (U.A.E), The Trump Organisation has a licensing and management deal with Dubai, for a Trump golf course and luxury villas. U.A.E citizens have killed 314 Americans.
In Egypt, whose citizens have killed 162 Americans, Trump lists two companies with the FEC which relate to Egyptian business.
While these three unbanned countries have seen fanatics kill close to 3,000 Americans, the seven banned countries feature no citizens, that between 1975 and 2015, who have killed an American citizen, outside of a U.S. military invasion.
Similarly, a fact which has not gone unnoticed by the internet is the hypocrisy of Republicans and President Trump in their advocation of gun ownership rights, yet narrow-minded belief that Muslims are the biggest threat to America. As the graph below shows over 400,000 more Americans have been killed by firearms on U.S. soil than have been killed by terrorism on U.S. and foreign soil.
As many expected Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’ has now been stayed after numerous legal challenges. However, despite 16 state attorneys general stating, they believe the order to be unconstitutional, and 7 federal judges having halted temporarily the deportation of visa holders. The Trump administration remains resolute on the ban. Trump Tweeted that the US needed “extreme vetting, NOW”