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Travel ban update: Court rejects Trump's order to reinstate

by Breonnah Colon - Copy Editor
Tue, Feb 21st 2017 11:05 pm
Photo taken from McSpocky on Twitter

In response to President Donald Trump's executive orders, the Federal Appeals Court has rejected his bid to reinstate an order that bans thousands of Muslims from the country as they impose no imminent threat.
Photo taken from McSpocky on Twitter In response to President Donald Trump's executive orders, the Federal Appeals Court has rejected his bid to reinstate an order that bans thousands of Muslims from the country as they impose no imminent threat.

 To say that I am tired of seeing President Donald Trump's personal affairs making headlines is a severe understatement. However, once in a while our president makes news about something that's actually relevant to his position and in my experience as an American citizen - an update on the executive order he has so radically imposed is one of those things.

For anyone who is unaware of the news concerning the ban, Trump signed an executive order which impacted the flow of immigration into this country Friday, Jan. 27. According to a CNN article, "Trump signs executive order to keep out 'radical Islamic terrorists'" by Dan Merica, the order would put a cap on the number of Syrian refugees allowed into the country to 50,000 in the year 2017, which is less than half of the current number, which is 110,000. 

According to the article, Trump says "the entry of nationals of Syria as refugees is detrimental to the interests of the United States."

Seven different countries, all with populations predominantly made up of members of the Islamic faith, were the focus of this ban. 

An article posted on The New York Times, "Donald Trump Calls for Barring Muslims From Entering U.S." by Patrick Healy and Michael Barbaro, explains one way Trump justified his ban through the statement: "until we are able to determine and understand this problem [of hatred of Americans by Muslims] and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in Islam and have no sense of reason or respect for human life."

This is all old news, why are we discussing this right now (besides the fact that it's unconstitutional and impacts hundreds of thousands of people both within and outside of the U.S.)? 

Well, there's an update on the ban; the federal appeals panel, which reviewed the order, rejected it, according to The New York Times' article, "Court Refuses to Reinstate Travel Ban, Dealing Trump Another Legal Loss" by Adam Liptak.

First and foremost, this helps alleviate the issue that Trump forced upon thousands of innocent citizens and their families. However, it also shows our our president with a Napoleon-complex that he cannot just do whatever he wishes because he misunderstands people and carries out actions based on his ego rather than logic. Let us keep in mind that Trump targeted the countries he did specifically because he believes it would save the U.S. from being attacked by terrorists (who can be non-Muslim by the way, remember the term "terrorist" is NOT synonymous with the term "Muslim"). 

However, according to the aforementioned Times' article, the federal appeals panel turned down the order because, "the [Trump] administration had shown "no evidence' that anyone from the seven nations had committed terrorist acts in the United States." The article also went on to state, "Trump's claim that courts are powerless to review a president's national security assessment." 

The court stated that "it is beyond question that the federal judiciary retains to adjudicate constitutional challenges to executive action," which basically means we live in a republic, but the president cannot abuse his power to do whatever he wants just because he thinks he can.

So what was our president's response? He took to Twitter, of course and posted the statement, "see you in court, the security of our nation is at stake!"

Yes, Mr. President, rant angrily about the political system you think you run, but don't fully understand. Be angry that you don't have the full power you assumed you had. On behalf of what this country truly stands for, I'm not sorry you couldn't have your way and I look forward to fully accepting each of the 50,000 refugees you're having such a hard time opening your heart to this year. May the courts continue to rule against your favor.

 

bcolo1@brockport.edu