The Seven Countries in Trump’s Travel Ban

The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, ensuring that there is no prohibition on the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble, or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances. It was adopted on December 15, 1791, as one of the ten amendments that constitute the Bill of Rights.

The rules never seem to apply to Donald Trump. Where is the resistance?

He did not produce his tax returns. He is endorsed by the KKK, a domestic terrorist organization, and has refused to denounce the group. He is in violation of the Emoluments Clause with his Washington DC hotel every time a foreign dignitary checks in. He did not divest his foreign ties prior to taking office, ignoring concerns voiced by many that this would lead to conflicts of interest. He creates executive orders without following a standard review process. He disregards the First Amendment of the Constitution. 

The First Amendment is a big umbrella, protecting several ideals from the elements. Religion, speech, press, assemblage, petition of grievances, are all under that umbrella. Trump will disregard them all if he thinks he can get away with it. 

We all benefit from the 1st amendment. I exercise my rights to freedom of speech under the first amendment with every post I publish.

Freedom of the press is also protected by the first amendment. Trump has been attempting to suppress that right by means of discrediting all news outlets that are not Fox. To quote Trump aid Steve Bannon “the press ought to keep it’s mouth shut.” Freedom of the press does not have an asterisk next to it that says *except for the press that doesn’t praise all that is Donald Trump.

It is a violation of the first amendment to punish people for their religious beliefs: “no prohibition on the free exercise of religion”  

When Donald Trump said he would rid the US of its Muslim population, and when he started the process by banning entry from seven Muslim-majority countries, he violated the First Amendment. When he prioritized Christians over Muslims in his travel ban, he was in direct violation of the First Amendment.

I have mentioned in previous posts, this Muslim ban is limited to countries where Trump does not have business ties. There is no feedom of religion asterisk— *Muslims who do business with Trump. 

Trump’s spokespeople have said the seven countries banned were chosen because of the “Obama list.” Trump would never accept responsibity for anything that draws criticism.

What is the Obama list?  

In 1986, Congress enacted a “Visa Waver Program” which allowed visitors from specific countries to enter the United States without a visa as long as the visit was less than 90 days. The Obama administration added stipulations following the Paris night club terrorist attacks in 2015, requiring a visa from travelers if they had visited a country compromised by terrorism since March, 2011. This applied only to travelers holding passports from “visa free countries”.  

Early in 2016, the Obama administration terminated the Visa Waver Program for travelers carrying dual citizenship in Syria, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Iran, and Yemen—simply requiring them to obtain a visa. Those are the seven countries Trump has banned travelers entry from. Obama never banned travel, or threatened to start a Muslim registry, or to deport every member of a religion.

These seven banned countries are also the seven middleastern Muslim-majority countries where Donald Trump does not have business ties. This is not a terrorist ban, it is a Muslim ban that only applies to those Muslims from countries not in business with Trump.

  • In United Arab Emirates, Trump licensed his name to a Dubai golf resort and a luxury residential development and spa-there is no travel ban there.
  • There are several Trump corporations in Saudi Arabia, another Muslim-majority country exempt from the ban.
  • In Egypt, Trump has two companies registered-and no ban exists in Egypt.
  • Turkey, India, and the Philippines, all have Trump towers, and other Trump real estate- they are not banned, yet there are large Muslim populations in those countries.

The 9/11 terorists were from Saudi Arabia, a Muslim-majority country where no travel ban exists. 

By refusing to divest himself of his financial ties to these countries, Trump has put himself in the position of at the very least, appearing to be guided by his personal finances. There is a definite pattern.

Come to your own conclusions, but keep in mind the fact that if Trump had followed through on his original threat of banning all Muslim-majority countries, he would have suffered financially. Trump is trying to make good on his racist campaign promises without hurting his bank account, and he is using an unrelated list as an excuse to do so. The travel ban is unconstitutional. 

The rules never seem to apply to Donald Trump. Where is the resistance?

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7 thoughts on “The Seven Countries in Trump’s Travel Ban

  1. The rules AND laws and Constitution AND…never seem to apply to Donald Trump. Where is the resistance? We are the resistance. Thank you for your post fellow soldier in the resistance.

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  2. Thank you for this. I don’t know where the resistance is, but it needs to show up in a hurry. The majority of Republicans can NOT be happy with Trump and I imagine many people who voted for him are now regretting that decision. At least I hope they are if there is any sensibility in this country.

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