WHAT IT IS
- On January 28, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order temporarily halting any entry into the United States from seven countries
- All seven countries are predominantly Muslim, causing critics of the order to call this a #MuslimBan
- Millions of dollars were donated to the American Civil Liberties Union over the weekend and mass protests sprang up across the country
- Seattle federal Judge James Robart temporarily halted the ban on legal grounds
WHY IT MATTERS
President Trump’s executive order, combined with his stated enthusiasm for building a wall on the Mexican border and repealing the Affordable Care Act, signals he is serious about following through on campaign promises. Many of the people affected by the ban will be college students or young professionals who study and work in the United States with proper documentation. Students within the United States from any of the seven countries named in the order will not be able to exit and then renter the United States. Widespread protests were attended heavily by young people and college students. Polls show younger people tend to be extremely supportive of policies favorable to immigration.
WHERE WE ARE NOW
- The executive order is facing opposition from both sides of the aisle
- Organizations such as the ACLU are organizing pro bono lawyers to represent families and individuals affected by the policy
- A revised travel ban has been issued by the Trump administration
- The original ban is temporarily halted due to Judge Robart’s ruling and will be ruled on by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
- Presdient Trump fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates for refusing to enforce the order
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT
- If President Trump is going to take his campaign promises seriously, does the fact he lost the popular vote by 3 million votes change his mandate to accomplish them via executive order?
- Will this order make Americans safer, or be counterproductive?
- Will movements and protests lead to an increase in youth political participation?