Trump’s immigration order met with sadness and disappointment from young people
The 45th president of the United States, sworn in on Jan. 20, has had a controversial first week. Having deployed several executive orders, Donald Trump turned his attention toward immigration, issuing a 120-day ban on all citizens of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Libya, from entering the United States, while also suspending the Syrian refugee plan until further notice.
The actions are the latest move in a long line of policies sure to sow division in the country, alongside a policy to punish “sanctuary cities” for protecting refugees and immigrants. The order was passed despite the U.S. Code 1152 enacting a non-discrimination clause for individual foreign states.
Trump’s executive order to ban immigration from Muslim-majority countries has sparked a great deal of controversy, decried for “stomp on American values” and prompting a further push back by numerous Muslim communities.
Many took to Twitter to express their concern. Sixteen-year-old Asif Mohd called the move “a giant back step for humanity,” while writer Hafsa Quraishi said, “I'm waiting for the future, when the world remembers the #MuslimBan as a tragedy & U.S. as evil for doing it. But how many lives will be lost?”
Well-known women, including education activist Malala Yousafzai also responded to the decision. Yousafzai issued a statement saying that she was “heartbroken,” urging the American president “not to turn his back” on refugee families and those most in need.
The order is also having a knock-on effect on American society. Google, a company known for taking on many young people, has called its employees back to the States, fearing that they may not be able to return when Trump’s order comes into full effect.
Also, Iranian actor Asghar Farhadi is directly affected by the ban and will not be let into the U.S. to attend the Oscars awards ceremony, casting further doubts about the order’s dubious ethics.