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Column: Stop the refugee ban

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Meryem Yildirim, 7, left, sits on her father, Fatim, of Schaumburg, and Adin Bendat-Appell, 9, right, sits on his father, Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell, of Deerfield, during a protest on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017 at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Ill. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

President Donald Trump’s refugee ban is fatal for so many who need the support of this great country.

Refugees come to the United States seeking a new, safe life. They’re often fleeing war zones where they’ve seen unthinkable conditions. 

For years, the U.S. has offered a safe haven for struggling people from around the world. Trump claims that he’s sitting in the oval office so he can “make America great again,” but he actually seems to be stripping the country’s foundation.

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The U.S. has always been known for its open doors and humanitarian aid, but it appears we’re entering a new age of closed doors and closed minds. Immigration is a part of the value system our country was built on, but he’s taking that away from the people who need it the most. 

The ban has left refugees stranded in war zones and on their death beds.

The type of people that are being abandoned are not the terrorists that Trump makes them out to be.

This is about a 9-year-old Somali child with congenital heart disease that cannot be treated in Ethiopia, where he currently resides. There is a 1-year-old from Sudan who will not be able to receive the cancer treatment he needs without U.S. aid. There is a Somali woman living in a safe house in a nearby country with her daughter, who was conceived because she was raped by multiple assailants.

The refugees that don’t reside in one of Trump’s seven countries that he deems dangerous to the U.S. are facing grave danger to their health due to the conditions in the refugee camps. 

The seven countries that Trump placed a three-month ban on are Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somaliala: none of these countries—except one— have any blame for recent Islamist terrorist attacks on the U.S., including 9/11.

Trump claimed part of the reason for the ban is due to 9/11, but the countries involved in 9/11 were Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon and Egypt—none of whom are subject to a three-month ban.

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President Trump discussed “extreme vetting” while on the campaign trail but never disclosed what his plans were until signing this executive order on Friday. This took many by surprise, especially the refugees who were planning on arriving in the U.S. in the very near future.

Some people were turned away at the airport while they were traveling to the U.S. Others landed in the U.S. but were not allowed to leave the plane due to the executive order.

Despite the seven countries being on high alert for terrorist activity, it does not mean that there should be a complete travel ban. The other countries should not have a travel ban either because they have not violated U.S. policy whatsoever.

These refugees need U.S. aid because they cannot get the help they need in their countries. Many of these people are in war zones and have had pain inflicted on them in many ways. They need to come here for refuge, and now they are stuck without our help.


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