Travel Ban


Razan Almutairi


Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States, issued 90 day ban on January 30, 2017 from the countries Iraq, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, and Somalia. The order states, “I hereby suspend entry into the United States, as immigrants and non immigrants, of such persons for 90 days from the date of this order.” Specifically, the order targets people from countries originally listed by the Obama administration as terrorist hotbeds — Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.”

Trump has halted any immigrants from those countries to enter the United States. The order does not affect any green card holders, but anybody moving in or out of any of those countries will be questioned. The truth is he is trying to enforce this ban to happen and to “protect” the U.S..

An estimated of 11.4 million immigrants have come to the U.S. in 2016. A total of 42.4 million have lived in the U.S. in 2014. The rise of immigrants has increased overtime, with an increase of 32.8 million since 1970. Majority of immigrants come from the seven countries that were banned, along with other Middle Eastern countries and ones from Latin America. Banning people from the U.S. causes rage, and the people of that country to become angry and have resentment towards the United States.


Banning countries from entering does not seem fair to everyone. A 5 year-old boy was detained at the airport, all alone. He was detained and handcuffed for fours years, since he supposedly posed a “security risk.” The little boy is a U.S. citizen, and his mother, who is Iranian, was waiting for him for hours, as it was his birthday. News of this spread quickly, tons of articles being written about it, and many people were angry and upset about it. It was unfair for the little boy to be treated that way, and for being away from his mother for hours.


A 7 year-old Syrian boy is extremely sick with cancer. His father sent Trump a letter, pleading for him to have mercy on his son and others like him. The boy’s father pleads for Trump to allow life-saving treatments to his son and to save his life. He cares about saving his son and his treatment, hoping Trump will have mercy on these children. It is extremely heartbreaking and unfair to the little boy, and many others, whose life is on the line and cannot receive the treatments they need. Many lives could be lost, and this boy’s life could be saved or lost just from one thing our president tries to do.


Everyday something happens in a foreign country; a war, honor killings, starvation. People leave their countries everyday to escape something tragic. Honor killings are, in certain cultures, a killing of a relative, especially a girl or woman, who has perceived to have brought dishonor to the family. An estimation of 5,000 women have been victims of honor killings. A few countries they happen in are Iran, Iraq, Yemen. The three countries Trump is trying to ban from entering were listed. All the women who want to escape and have a safe life, rather than being killed. War is common, many people want to leave their country to escape the hardships and struggle they face during war, and the horrible things they may see. People may be starving in their country, little or no food available. Many people leave their countries for the U.S. for safety and to have a better life. With the ban that is trying to be enforced, many lives may be affected. It is not beneficial for those who have hardships in their country, and cannot come to the U.S. to be safe and have a good life.


Everyone has their own opinion on things. Some people may think this ban is a good idea, while others protest against it. There has been marches and support everywhere to protest and stand together. Many people believe in equality, we all deserve our rights.