Sunday, February 5, 2017
The new immigration ban
So the wave of immigration ban has started, no surprise here since it was all laid out in the presidential campaign to first ban Muslims completely and then amended to say that countries most prone to terror, their citizens will be banned from entry and extreme vetting will be implemented to make sure Muslim terrorists don’t sneak in the guise of immigrants. So the first ban is on the seven Muslim majority countries citizens: Syria, Libya, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. All refugee resettlement programs have been halted and immigration from Syria has been suspended immediately unless of course if you are Syrian Christian then you would have the first priority. I was not surprised at all by this ban as it was long time in the making. There have been chaotic scenes at the airport as the people who had been vetted and granted immigrant visas have been stopped from boarding flights to U.S. in the wake of this ban. What has really surprised me was the name of the countries that were omitted and that have been the epicenter of terror related activities like Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt. But it would be premature to say that they would not be included in later list but this is for certain that an already hard to get American Visa will become even harder to get in the future. Although I do not agree with this ban but at least the President has gone through with this election pledge and implemented it without any hesitant despite the hardship endured by millions of people.