Suspicious travelers, beware!
What must one look like and be doing in order to be deemed a suspicious traveler? According to the executive order signed by President Trump on Friday, one must simply be from one of the seven banned countries.
However, a federal Judge has temporarily blocked the ban on Saturday by ruling that individuals from the seven banned countries that have already arrived in U.S. airports after the executive order was signed could not be forcibly removed. However, the White House declared that the judge’s ruling does not weaken Trump’s order.
White House chief of staff, Reince Priebus stated that “discretionary authority” should be used when questioning “suspicious” travelers, though he also stated on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” that green card holders from banned countries should not be prevented from travel to the U.S., creating elasticity yet mounting more confusion in President Trump’s order.
Much dubiety and distress has been felt nationwide due to the signing of this executive order. Donald Trump tweeted Sunday morning, “Our Country needs strong borders and extreme vetting. NOW. Look at what is happening all over Europe and, indeed, the world- a horrible mess!” He later tweeted, “Christians in the Middle East have been executed in large numbers. We cannot allow this horror to continue!” His tweets imply a discriminatory explanation for his ban which rebukes Muslims and gives priority to Christians.
Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s former campaign manager stated on “Fox News Sunday,” that that ban is temporary and that ‘it’s just circumstantial in terms of whether you are one of those 300 or some who were already on an aircraft or trying to get to an aircraft, as opposed to the 3,000 children who will be forever more separated from their parents who perished on 9/11.’
The 9/11 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, and United Arab Emirates, none of which are affected by the current executive order.