In the 17th century, Europeans immigrated to what is now the United States.
In 2017, this nation is hypocritically banning people based on their religion and countries of origin.
On Friday, January 27th, ironically Holocaust Memorial Day, Trump issued his fifth executive order so far, banning people from specific Muslim-majority countries. Included in the ban were Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
Trump’s administration strategically left out the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Turkey. What do these four nations have in common? Trump has business interests in each one.
For reference, no one from the seven banned nations has killed anyone on American soil since 1977. However, the four un-banned nations have collectively killed over 4,000 Americans, with Saudi Arabia leading with 2,369. The 19 hijackers in the 9/11 attacks were from Saudi Arabia, and killed an additional 2,977.
In addition to the murders by the big four nations, each practice, and facilitate, the most extreme form of Islam. Wahhabism, which is nationally observed by Saudi Arabia, is ultra-conservative.
The ideology is nearly identical to that practiced by the Islamic State and Al-Qaeda. Saudi Arabia also uses punishment techniques such as flogging and severing hands.
On Saudi Arabia, Trump said, “They buy apartment from me, they spend $40 million, $50 million. Am I supposed to dislike them? I like them very much.”
Egypt has also been a hotbed of violence, but a country with Trump real estate. Hosni Mubarak, the former president of Egypt, was over thrown in 2011 during the Arab Spring uprising.
The UAE is the sixth richest nation in the world, with Emirates in traffic in Lamborghinis because of oil wealth.
Per the New York Daily News, “The Trump Organization has a licensing and management deal in Dubai for two golf courses and a whole neighborhood of luxury villas currently under construction.”
Finally, Turkey is considered the most modern and allied nation in the Muslim world. However, Turkey is the nation Westerners joining the fight for ISIS pass through before Syria.
Turkey is also experiencing more and more terrorist attacks. Turkey is increasingly becoming a close ally with Putin and Russia, and Al-Assad from Syria, who committed atrocities in Aleppo and other parts of Syria.
Finally, Trump left out the former Soviet state of Azerbaijan out of his ban. Azerbaijan is almost completely Muslim, but is oil rich and has Trump business ties.
Following Trump’s executive order to stop travel to and from Muslim nations Friday, protesters began assembling at airports around the country.
JFK in New York City was the first airport descended upon. The first person detained based on Trumps ban was an Iraqi citizen who worked with the US army during occupation as a translator.
Many others around the nation were detained. Finally, on Saturday, federal judges put a stay on the ban. The stay will only last a month, but hopefully it will be enough time to come up with a fair plan.
In addition to JFK, protests took place across the nation, from San Francisco to Detroit to DC to LA. In nearly every city, protests have taken place at airports with protesters holding signs such as “Let them in,” ”We are all immigrants,” “resist” and “refugees welcome”.
Over the weekend, Houston hosted three separate protests, one at IAH, and the others downtown while Super Bowl festivities took place.
Americans everywhere, Democrat or Republican, are standing up and opposing Trump. We are a nation of immigrants and we cannot lose that identity or pick and choose.
The US is supposed to be a haven for the persecuted and a human rights leader. It’s time we start acting like it.