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During Donald Trump’s campaign for president, he promised to institute a ban on Muslims entering the United States. Unfortunately, Trump kept that promise and signed an executive order titled “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,” which denies entry to people from Syria, Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia and Sudan: seven countries with a Muslim majority. Not only has Trump violated basic human decency, but he has also violated several clauses and amendments in the U.S. Constitution as well.

The first amendment in our Constitution states everyone is given freedom of religion. To single out a single religion and ban it from our country violates this amendment. At a rally in South Carolina Dec. 15, Trump promised to call for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” Through instituting the ban, he sent the message that the constitution can be twisted and manipulated as people who hold a position of authority see fit.  The U.S. is a nation built on equality and opportunity, but Trump is attempting to deny that same equality and opportunity to Muslims simply because they practice Islam.

Furthermore, the ban violates the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, also known as the Hart-Celler Act. The act tries to eliminate nationality, race, religion and ancestry as a basis for immigration. This means that denying access to Muslims because of their religion violates what the Hart-Celler Act stands for.

Trump, through his executive order, has sparked fear across the U.S. and separated families, forcing people with visas to choose between their life in America and their families in the Middle East. These are the fundamental ideas Trump has built his campaign and presidency on. He targets specific groups, turns ignorant supporters against them while creating the picture that he is only putting America first and protecting it from outside harm. Trump’s executive order is a product of his own nationalism and feeling of superiority over other countries; it’s what has caused war and conflict across the world for centuries. Trump’s executive order will not work towards making America “great.” America will only be great when the U.S. truly embraces freedom and equality among the entire population.

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  1. A few points that must be said about the fallacies within this article.
    1: Trump’s recent executive order is NOT A MUSLIM BAN. His executive order aimed to halt immigration from seven countries that were deemed threats to the security of America. These countries were selected as threats during the Obama Administration in late 2015 due to the rise of ISIS and radical islam within these countries, not just because of their muslim population. Additionally, the top five countries with the largest muslim population(Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Nigeria, respectively) were not imposed with travel restrictions or limitations. This shows that the EO Trump signed is not in any way a “ban on muslims;” rather, it is a definitive stance against the threat of terrorism from the middle east.

    2. Trump’s Executive Order is perfectly constitutional and legal. Under Title 8, Chapter 12, US Code 1182 in the US constitution, “Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.” Trump did not “twist and manipulate” the Constitution to sign his EO; he had the power to do so all along.

    3. Trump’s Executive order was not a “product of his own nationalism and feeling of superiority over other countries,” as you wrote in your story. The main reason this EO was signed was to protect the american people from any potential harm, since these countries were hotbeds of terroristic activity.

    4. You confuse the idea of allowing the practice of a religion to a restriction of certain people entering the US. The First Amendment guarantees freedom of religion to CITIZENS of the US, not immigrants who have not achieved this status. With this logic, Trump is not denying any Muslim-American his or her freedom or religion within this country, nor does he have to apply these rights for non-citizens of the US.

    5. If you would like an example of what happens when a country lets in millions of immigrants from the Middle East, look at Germany. Recently, ever since conflicts arose in North Africa and the Middle East, millions of immigrants have fled to Germany as refuge. While most of these immigrants were innocent families trying to escape the hardships of war, thousands of people connected to ISIS and fundamental Islam have caused harm to Germany. For instance, over the last few years, acts of murder, rape, and robbery have occurred more frequently, and overall immigrants to Germany have committed over 400,000 additional crimes, which is disproportionate in comparison to the German Population. This example goes to show that Trump’s EO is justified.

    In conclusion, there are multiple errors in this article that must be brought up for the sake of the integrity of journalism. Although many may dislike the current Commander-In-Chief, using inaccurate information to describe his actions and positions is detrimental to readers and only drives the political split between fellow Americans deeper. I wish you the best of luck in your path to journalism.
    Sincerely, a fellow Patriot.

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