You’re Not Welcome: Protecting Borders or Un-American?

February 23, 2017

In the world, there are approximately 65 million forcibly displaced people (IDP), that’s people who have to leave their homes because it is no longer safe to live there. Over 21 million of those people are refugees — men, women, and yes, children too — who have been forced to resettle in another country. Some flee because of war, others because of lack of resources, natural disaster, or other reasons that make it dangerous to stay. Where do they go? Most refugees head to neighboring or nearby countries.

But why are we talking about refugees?

Last week, something happened that got a lot of people talking: President Donald Trump issued an executive order (or an order by the president to do something) stopping all Syrian refugees from entering the United States, all other refugees from entering the country for 120 days, and anyone from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen from entering the country for 90 days.

Why and why only specific countries?

Well, it depends on who you’re asking. President Donald Trump tweeted that the ban “is about keeping bad people (with bad intentions) out of the country!” Some people agree. Others disagree. Why? The countries that have been banned are Muslim-majority countries (or countries where a majority of the population practice the Muslim faith). Some think that the president’s ban is un-American and even against the law. As a result, protests have erupted at airports across the country.

Discussion: What do you think? Is Donald Trump doing the right thing?