The massive negative reaction to Trump’s immigration ban exceeded my expectations by far. From the viewpoint of an American who didn’t move back to the US from the Middle East until 2007, after living there for almost eight years, I thought that there would be a larger positive reaction. I still have copious amounts of friends from the time spent there, thusly Arab and Muslim friends, who I keep in contact with through social media still. I’m not buying the racist argument against Trump’s travel ban.
The hottest argument points from the Left have been radical emotional responses to what they see as racism. I understand how this travel ban has impeded individual life plans, but claiming that this ban is targeting Muslims solely is absurd. The ban temporarily barred immigration into the United States from seven countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. The claim that this is unjustly targeting Muslims becomes weaker upon seeing that only one of the banned countries resides in the top 10 countries for Muslim population, coming in at number eight.
We have come to a point where racism and bigotry are getting more coverage than ever, deservedly, but the aforementioned have toxically become the fallback retort against Trump. For a time where immigration issues are hot topic issues and stress becomes placed upon the topics because of situations like the refugee crisis in Syria, it’s imperative to set emotions aside in analyzing the situation. Massive numbers of people are being rushed out of these Middle Eastern countries seeking refuge in other countries. It’s very strange when time is used as a driving force in an argument.
This argument of time running out is being used against conservatives on this immigration issue, which is where I believe the problems arise. Any system will become less efficient when it is being asked to over-perform. I apply that principle to the US vetting system. The system is already established and strenuous and it is now subject to error in not properly vetting immigrants because vetting is being required at a higher rate.
Besides that, I believe Europe, although possessing vastly different vetting processes, is an example that we can look to. One to look to and one to perhaps be afraid of because the mismanagement of the refugee vetting processes has resulted in measureable increases in violence, mostly against women. That’s not a biased statement claiming Muslim men to be more likely of committing a crime; that’s just the trend.
I’m not saying Trump’s implementation methods were correct, but I believe the idea is. Stop immigration temporarily until the new administration can get to work and find better solutions to issues seen in our immigration and vetting system. I understand the call to be compassionate, but in doing so, you can’t forget to look out for yourself. A massive rush of refugees guarantees a certain amount of dangerous immigrants being let into our country as well. In a time where media is constantly in a frenzy, it adds to the sense of urgency created by the feeling of losing time. But I think there’s something very positive to this ban and slowing things down for once. Many countries all over the globe have strict borders. Why aren’t we allowed to be one?