The Wrong Policy: Trump’s Immigration Ban Executive Order

As an international student, seeking a permanent career and experiencing the diverse culture in the United States have always been my goals. Unfortunately, I am greatly troubled with the view of the Trump administration regarding immigration. With the ban of refugees and immigrants from certain countries, I am concerned that this trend can potentially affect myself and future individuals that wish to relocate to this country. This motion is unethical, unconstitutional, and not in the general interest of the nation.

Why Am I Interested in Donald Trump’s Immigration Policy?

I’m currently majoring in global marketing, and my goal is to get a job after graduation in the United States. Internationally, the United States is viewed as one of the best places to start a new life. Especially in the San Francisco area, people from diverse cultures relocated here in search of new opportunities. Since I came to the United States with this same mindset, I want to live with other like-minded individuals with various backgrounds. The more experiences I have, the more opportunities I can create for my career. However, because of Donald Trump’s immigration policies, my goals and future plans must be altered completely because Trump’s policies are affecting the decisions of companies on selecting future employees. After Trump declared his candidacy for president, I started feeling anxious and worried about my future, for his promising greatness for America during his campaign. Many of his policies are making international students like me concerned about our next steps after getting out of college. Trump’s polices are like “America First”, “We will bring back our jobs”, and “Buy American and hire American,” so foreign workers or international students will have less job opportunities than before. From the beginning, America is a nation formed by groups of immigrants and thus it has the responsibility to protect and respect the incoming immigrants. However, right after Trump’s inauguration, he signed the executive order of travel ban which caused an enormous debate on whether this order can really resolve the issues on immigration. Therefore, I would like to go into a deeper discussion about his policies.

Is Donald Trump’s Immigration Ban Executive Order Legal?

After President Donald Trump’s immigration ban executive order last Friday, January 27, many people were being held in the airport. Since then, they have been suffering from immigration ban. In the NY Times article, “Trump’s Immigration Ban Is Illegal,” David J. Bier conveys that the following seven Muslim countries: Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen were banned from entering the United States. He asserts that this executive order is illegal based on historical evidence. According to Bier, “The order is illegal. More than 50 years ago, Congress outlawed such discrimination against immigrants based on national origin” (Bier). It means that the United States Congress declared that discrimination of immigrants against national origin is illegal. However, Trump argues that the 1952 law describing “suspend the entry” justifies his actions. Also, Trump wants to restore a different form of the Asiatic Barred Zone. Bier writes that “Mr. Trump appears to want to reinstate a new type of Asiatic Barred Zone by executive order, but there is just one problem: The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 banned all …President Lyndon B. Johnson said that “the harsh injustice” of the national-origins quota system had been abolished” (Bier). In this quotation, Bier criticizes that Trump is trying to restore the Asiatic Barred Zone, and he points out a drawback about Trump’s argument in relation to The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. However, President Trump disregards about this immigration law. So, he provides some examples of Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama’s executive action before, and he argues that even though the president has discretionary authority, the president can’t change the law.

Do Most People Agree with Donald Trump’s Immigration Ban Executive Order?

A lot of people are protesting about Trump’s immigration ban, and Trump’s unilateral executive order arouses people’s indignation and grievance. In the NY Times article, “Trump’s immigration Ban Draws Deep Anger and Muted Praise,” Richard Perez-Pena criticizes president Donald Trump’s immigration ban executive order through many kinds of educated people and groups like thousands of professors, several Nobel laureates, religious groups, business leaders, and etc. Indeed, Perez-Pena utilizes many posts of twitter that diverse people and groups commented about Trump’s immigration policy. (Perez-Pena) In the article, Perez-Pena notes, “A group of Nobel Prize winners said it would damage American leadership in higher education and research. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan and some relatives of Americans killed in terrorist attacks said it was right on target. An evangelical Christian group called it an affront to human dignity” (Perez-Pena). This quotation shows that some groups criticize sharply the Trump’s immigration ban, and they emphasize that this executive order will disrupt American identity. Indeed, Perez-Pena argues that refugees, who entered in the United States from these seven Muslim countries, have never committed a terrorist act, and the Muslim terrorists, who attacked the US, were born here, or they are from Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. Perez-Pena comments that “Foreigners from those seven nations have killed zero Americans in terrorist attacks on U.S. soil between 1975 and the end of 2015” (Perez-Pena). It means that the restriction of seven major countries entering the U.S. is not absolutely related to terror. Also, chief executives of Google, Apple, and Facebook maintain that many immigrants have contributed their ability to their corporations, and they said that we should try to help the refugees in any way possible.

In these two articles, the authors argue that tons of people disagree and protest against Trump’s immigration ban order, and some people insist that it is illegal based on historical evidence. Along with the evidence provided by these arguments, Donald Trump’s aggressive executive order doesn’t represent the public’s opinion that many supporters believed he would represent them as a nation. In the future, I hope President Donald Trump will give careful attention to his position and the interests of American interests as a whole.

Work Cited

David J. Bier. “Trump’s Immigration Ban Is Illegal.” The New York Times. The New York Times Web, 27 Jan. 2017.

Richard Perez-Pena. “Trump’s Immigration Ban Draws Deep Anger and Muted Praise.” The New York Times. The New York Times, Web. 28 Jan. 2017.

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