Trump’s ban

Fernando Mendez | 7/3/2017, 2:41 p.m.
Trump’s ban

People concerned with the issue of immigration as it relates to the travel ban issued by Trump want to know what is going to happen now that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments about the constitutionality of what has been called the Muslim ban. At some point Trump and his minions had denied that the executive order was a travel ban. But Trump campaigned on the issue and called for a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslim immigration. Furthermore, as president, he was angry at the way the order was argued before the Supreme Court by his legal team. He said that his order had been watered down due to political correctness. He tweeted the lawyers and the courts could call it whatever they wished, “but I am calling it a TRAVEL BAN.” And he twitted that way with upper case letters to make sure he was understood.

As we know social media can help to spread news very quickly across the globe. The trouble is that many times there is no truth to what we are told by Twitter of Facebook or any of the other outlets. This president loves to use Twitter because he thinks the media distorts his messages and only by communicating directly he can avoid being misunderstood. But the trouble with his constant need to communicate directly to his audience many times contradicts what his press secretary or cabinet members are saying in public. He called for “extreme vetting,” in order to keep this country safe. And he has undermined Sean Spicer forcing him to defend lies and exaggerations. Spicer sent Sarah Huckabee to face the White House media perhaps to take a break from having to keep a straight face while lying to the press. His introduction to the White House media was to defend Trump’s lies about the size of the crowds on inauguration day.

On Monday of this week the president celebrated the Supreme Court decision to hear arguments in relation to the travel ban. But he had no reason to celebrate because the court did not take a stand, and only agreed to let parts of his order apply while the arguments can be presented. Trump has attacked his own Justice Department revealing his desire to use the ban mostly to keep Muslims out of this country.

Although Trump sees the Supreme Court decision to hear arguments as a victory, the number of people affected by his executive order is relatively small. The ban cannot be enforced against “foreign nationals who have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.” So, the ban will affect mostly people from the six countries named in the order and who have no reason to visit the United States. Other people could be denied entry for different reasons as long as the ban remains in effect, but for the time being those who have relatives ready to apply to come here for a visit can hope for a favorable response from the consulates and embassies around the world, and we should not see people turned back at airports especially if they have the proper documentation.

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