Because how we treat the stranger among us is the reflection of who we are, I sat down to read the actual “Muslim ban” executive order. Here is what I learned (full text linked below):
1. The stated purpose of the order is to stop individuals from entering who place “violent ideologies over American law,” “engage in acts of bigotry or hatred,” including “forms of violence against women” (sexual assault?), persecute people based on religion, or “oppress Americans of any race, gender, or sexual orientation.”
2. Certain visas shut down for 90 days, US Refugee Admission Program shut down for 120 days. When the refugee program starts up again individuals of a “minority religion” (in this case Christians) will be prioritized.
3. Cap on refugees of 50,000 for 2017, down from Obama’s 110,000. Germany has no cap.
4. Insistence on the completion of the biometric exit-tracking system, I don’t quite understand it. Seems to be a process of confirming that travelers did what they said they were going to do when they leave. (this happened to me when I left Amsterdam once).
5. The Secretary of Homeland Security will collect and publish the crimes committed by foreign nationals within the US since the date of this order.
I do not like the reflection I see.
See also: Matthew 25:34–40