“Don’t believe everything you read”

Dylan Kellos, Reporter

In the most recent wave of controversies flowing from the White House, President Donald Trump signed an executive order on January 27 titled “Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry To The United States” which I will break down in every aspect to show how inconsequential the order will be to American values.

Individuals in most media outlets would like to represent this as the end of American values and the rise of fascism in the United States. False. Congress passed the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 which allows the president to suspend entry of any class of alien which they see as detrimental, which nearly every president has exercised since Carter.

The common rebuttal lies in the Supreme Court decision on the Establishment Clause which states, “the clearest command of the Establishment Clause is that one religious denomination cannot be officially preferred over another.” This argument coincides with Democrats like Senator Chuck Schumer who supported halting Syrian refugees over security concerns in 2015.

Stop calling it a “Muslim ban” or a ban on the religion of Islam; interestingly, the Obama Administration identified this list of seven nations, which Trump’s administration banned from the US on a temporary basis of 90 days. These countries serve as the most dangerous to travel from, hence the temporary ban.

Special cases who still possess a I-551, or “A Green Card,” remain unaffected by this order in any form or fashion.

The Department of Homeland Security will enforce “the first 30 days of this order to perform a country by country review of the information each country provides when their citizens apply for a U.S. visa or immigration benefit.”

After those 30 days expire, the next 60 will allow for the countries to comply with any requests from the U.S. government that way they can improve the quality of the information given to the U.S. to ensure safety.

Concerns across the country still surround the number allowed to the United States, which in fiscal year of 2017 will become 50,000. Although this reduction from Obama’s 110,000 a year refugee policy it returns to the actual norm which George W. Bush operated under for his tenure as president. This departure from the norm originally came from the Obama administration, not the Trump Administration.

The intense hysteria surrounding this issue shows the ridiculousness mainstream media outlets empower whenever they see an opportunity to exploit reality to make it fit their fiction. When CNN and other news media sites claim that this bans an entire religion, this creates a hysteria out of a falsehood.

The fact remains, only 109 became detained out of 325,000 entering the U.S. which since their release became met with almost no coverage. The facts remain hard to find in the world of fiction called mainstream media in the United States, which those presented previously required digging just to find with clickbait articles taking the forefront. I implore all readers to please read the executive order for themselves and try to see any essence of a Muslim Ban as the media would lead you to believe.

This order initially intends to implement the utmost safety for U.S. citizens, which seem like valid concerns, especially when claims by news outlets like CNN or the Huffington Post  drive public debate with simply false “facts.” When the simplicity of this order gets contorted to become something arbitrarily false from those we entrust with the freedom of press to present objective fact, that demeans true American values, not the order which gets the blame.


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