Trump’s Order Strands Muslim Travelers
By Samantha Avalos 1/28/17
There is an uproar happening at the country’s international airports.
It all has to do with President Trump’s executive order preventing travelers from 7 predominantly Muslim countries to enter the United States for the next 90 days.
Protests erupted tonight at airports where refugees and green card holders were not allowed to enter the country. Federal judges in New York, Boston, and Virginia stopped the action by issuing an emergency stay.
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh joined demonstrators at Logan Airport. Walsh said, “it is a reckless policy that is rooted in fear, not substance, and further divides us as a nation and a world. It is simply morally wrong.”
Many of those denied entrance include a woman doctor traveling to the Cleveland Clinic from Somalia, those who had been overseas to visit family, and translators from Iraq whose lives are in jeopardy there because they had worked for the American military. They had been approved after being vetted over the past years and their families are already in this country.
The countries involved are Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. None of the 9/11 terrorists came from there but were mostly from Saudi Arabia.
President Trump has said “it’s not a Muslim ban.” Instead White House officials say the order is meant to strengthen national security and House Speaker Paul Ryan stands behind it.