Trump’s Muslim Ban Is A Grotesque Product Of Fear And Prejudice

“Donald Trump is plunging the lives of first and second generation Americans into disarray and uncertainty.”
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    (ANALYSIS) — President Donald Trump signed an executive order that effectively lays a strong foundation for instituting a ban against Muslims, as he pledged to do during his presidential campaign.

    The executive order asserts hundreds of foreign-born individuals were convicted or implicated in “terrorist-related crimes” since the September 11 attacks, which is a gross exaggeration.

    As in-depth coverage by the New America Foundation showed, “The large majority of jihadist terrorists in the United States have been American citizens or legal residents. Moreover, while a range of citizenship statuses are represented, every jihadist who conducted a lethal attack inside the United States since 9/11 was a citizen or legal resident.”

    “In addition, about a quarter of the extremists are converts, further confirming that the challenge cannot be reduced to one of immigration,” according to the think tank.

    The countries of origin for 9/11 hijackers were Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Lebanon. They were not targeted by the executive order.

    Nevertheless, Trump provided a victory for toxic xenophobic and Islamophobic forces in the United States and issued an executive order that suspends entry into the country of any immigrants or non-immigrants of particular concern.

    The countries are not named in the issued executive order, but the draft included Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. These are Muslim-majority countries, many of which the U.S. has played a role in destabilizing or perpetuating warfare that has created refugee crises.

    Syrian refugees are explicitly banned, even though they do not present an existential terrorism threat to the U.S. at all.

    It instructs security agencies of the U.S. government to put together a list and add additional countries. This means the list adopted a few months from now may expand at any time.

    The order calls for security agencies to develop a “uniform screening” program that would include “a process to evaluate the applicant’s likelihood of becoming a positively contributing member of society and the applicants’ ability to make contributions to the national interest.”

    It lowers the number of refugees that will be admitted in 2017 from 110,000 to 50,000 refugees.

    Additionally, agencies are instructed to “prioritize refugee claims made by individuals on the basis of religious-based persecution provided that the religion of the individual is a minority religion in the individual’s country of nationality.”

    Farhana Khera, president and executive director of Muslim Advocates, called the order a “first step on the road to the Muslim ban the president promoted during the campaign.”

    “It relies on grotesque and bigoted stereotypes about Muslims and Islam perpetuated by hate groups,” Khera added. “This bigotry will now be elevated to the level of official U.S. government policy.”

    “We are deeply concerned that Muslim visitors and immigrants, and only Muslim visitors and immigrants, will be singled out and asked, for example, whether they harbor bigotry against LGBT communities or faith communities that are not their own; repugnant views, but a test unfortunately even many Americans would fail,” Khera contended.

    “Donald Trump is plunging the lives of first and second generation Americans into disarray and uncertainty,” the National Iranian American Council stated. “We have heard from countless Iranian Americans whose lives are going to be upended by this action. We have talked to parents who will be prevented from reuniting with their young children, students who will not be able to return from conferences abroad, and spouses who will be held in limbo away from their loved ones.”

    Melanie Nezer, vice president for policy and advocacy of HIAS, which was founded in response to the exodus of Jewish emigrants from Russia in the late 19th and 20th centuries, emphasized the fact that Trump signed the order on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

    During World War II, the United States turned back the S.S. St. Louis, a boat of refugees which sought safety from Nazi persecution. They wanted to reach Cuba and then travel to the U.S., however, they were turned away and forced to return to Europe. At least 250 of those Jewish refugees were killed by Nazis, and the boat was turned away for many of the same xenophobic reasons articulated by Trump in his order.

    Nezer pointed out the world is experiencing one of the worst global refugee crises in history, with at least 65 million people displaced from their homes. It is a bigger refugee crisis than after World War II. What Trump has done will make the crisis worse.

    James Zogby, the president of the Arab American Institute, condemned the section of the order that prioritizes Christian refugees over Muslim refugees. It is a policy of “prejudice and fear” intended to dramatically alter U.S. immigration law and to dramatically transform the U.S. refugee resettlement program.

    “It is bigotry in its worst form,” Zogby declared. “I am an Arab American Christian. I resent my religion being privileged over that of Muslims, and I can tell you having spoken with religious leadership in the Middle East, they are deeply resentful and fearful of this because it will put them at risk in the countries they currently live.”

    “We do not want to see Donald Trump favoring Christians. It will hurt them and put them in a dangerous position,” Zogby added. “People like Ted Cruz and Senator [Jeff] Sessions and Donald Trump are not the advocates for Christians in the Middle East. They do not need their advocacy. What they need is to be treated as equal citizens in the states where they are and they have relationships with Muslims in those states working toward that end. This will harm them rather than help them.”

    The executive order takes the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to a whole other level, said Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia, the director for the Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic at Penn State Law.

    Wadhia reminded, “In the wake of 9/11, special registration or the NSEERs program began at ports of entry and targeted visitors from certain countries. The program was a disaster. It provided no security value, overwhelmed the government, and had the purpose and negative effect of singling out people based on their religion.”

    The Trump administration, blinded by their prejudice and fears, do not seem to care about the evidence that the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System, or NSEERs, failed.

    NSEER required “non-citizens to register when they entered the U.S., a process that included fingerprinting, photo taking, and interrogation,” according to a CNN summary. It required a regular check-in with immigration officials as well as the deportation of any violators. It explicitly impacted Arabs and Muslims. President Barack Obama officially ended this program in December.

    Neema Hakim, spokesman for the Homeland Security Department, called the NSEER program “obsolete” and said “its use would divert limited personnel and resources from more effective measures.”

    Men and boys from twenty countries were expected to register, but they were never prohibited from traveling to the United States. Trump has taken the framework of NSEER and recreated it in mutant form.

    Fahd Ahmed, the executive director of DRUM, suggested the order will escalate the demonization of immigrants, refugees, and Muslims. It will “serve as a justification for the implementation of forthcoming such as registrations, raids, detentions, and deportations of immigrants and refugees from Central America and beyond.”

    It also will have the effect of making Muslim and refugee communities more vulnerable to hate crimes.

    Jen Smyers of the Church World Services Immigration and Refugee Program highlighted the story of an Iraqi refugee family, which has two twin 18 year-old daughters in Iraq. They experienced processing delays and have not been allowed to join their family in the U.S. They are separated. The order may mean they are unable to reunite with family for months.

    There are a number of refugees, who are scheduled to arrive in the U.S. on Monday. This order disrupts a vetting process that started for some individuals more than a year ago. They will not find safety in America because of Trump’s order.

    An earlier draft contained a section for the creation of “safe zones” for refugees in and around Syria. According to Zogby, this would have committed tens of thousands of U.S. troops to maintain these zones and likely drawn the U.S. deep into a ground war in Syria. The administration removed this section before it was signed.

    Toward the end of the executive order, there is a part requiring transparency on the number of “foreign nationals” charged with terrorism-related offenses, the number of “foreign nationals” who are “radicalized” after entry, and the number of types of acts of “gender-based violence against women, including honor killings by foreign nationals.”

    This is a grotesque product of anti-Islam racism, and this so-called transparency will be the propaganda that Trump uses to justify and indoctrinate American citizens into supporting his immigration and refugee bans against Muslims of the world.

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    • Blake

      Suffering does not always have to be a given when you’ve accepted the consequences for your actions and know ahead of time the likelihood of what you can expect. Embracing adversity does not always have to involve painful experiences, especially when it is what you seek out and choose for yourself.

    • Blake

      Isn’t this really just an aim of banning the potential for future terrorist activities when when you boil out all of the nonsense from the propaganda?

    • Snowonweb

      I like mint press and their views but this article is turning me off a little bit because its not the whole truth.

    • Helen4Yemen

      Iran – Iraq – Libya – Somalia – Sudan – Syria – Yemen
      have no diplomatic relations with “Israel” and are on
      record as the enemies. Egypt, Jordan and Turkey do have
      diplomatic relations. Saudi Arabia has had friendly
      relations under the table. Those that are banned by
      Trump are in fact Israel’s enemies and not America’s

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    • James Wherry

      Please folks: before this gets any stupdier, the BASIS for President Trump’s action is the LAW as passed by CONGRESS. 8 U.S.C. Sec. 1182(f):

      “(f) Suspension of entry or imposition of restrictions by President

      “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. Whenever the Attorney General finds that a commercial airline has failed to comply with regulations of the Attorney General relating to requirements of airlines for the detection of fraudulent documents used by passengers traveling to the United States (including the training of personnel in such detection), the Attorney General may suspend the entry of some or all aliens transported to the United States by such airline.”

      This is the same right that enabled President Obama to ban all immigrants from Iraq from entering the USA for six months and enabled President Carter from banning all immigrants from Iran during the Iran hostage crisis. In short, PRESIDENT TRUMP was within his lawful rights and did what others on the LEFT have done before him. Kudos to Hannity and Laura Ingram.

    • rick spalding

      i support mpn for trying to get truth out, but this is just a lie.

      • James Wherry

        Well put. There are things I back 100% from MPN: Restoring campaign finance reform, getting America out of regime-changing wars and enforcing our consumer protection laws. But this is dumb and I explained why, in the post, above.

    • Susan M.

      Why are you continuing the lie that 9/11 was caused by Saudis? It was an inside job to provide a “false flag” to incite the American people to approve the invasion of Iraq. Those buildings fell because of “controlled demolition”.

      • James Wherry

        You are a flipping loon.

        1. No one ever connected Iraq with 9/11. If it was a frame up, it was the worst one in history.

        2. You ignorantly ignore the fact that al-Quaeda first tried to destroy the Trade Towers in 1993. At that time, George Bush was not even the Governor of Texas, let alone the President of the United States: Bill Clinton was. What was HIS motive – if you think these attacks are just “inside jobs?”

        3. The reason was to damage the U.S. economy, but also because the two buildings and the “globe” in the middle were designed by a Japanese architect who spent much of his career building in Sa’udi Arabia. The entire design of the TWIN towers was like “two minerats and the Kabba at the center.” This was deemed an insult to Islam – despite being one of the highest compliments to Islam imaginable.

        3. O’Sama bin Laden proudly claimed credit for the successfully 2001 attack.

        4. The planes that slammed into the buildings, the Pentagon and a field did not magically vanish. They hit their targets and achieved the results intended by the Muslim terrorists.

    • LvM

      Since the top 5 Muslim countries by population are not on the temporary ban list (Indonesia, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Nigeria), then it clearly is not a ‘Muslim ban’.

      If you can’t report facts accurately then your contribution to ‘journalism’ is worthless. Unsubscribed.

    • malbago

      There is a legal way to immigrate. If you came in illegally then you deserve to be locked up and deported.
      The title of this article is incorrect. It should read, Islam is a grotesque form of fear and prejudice. Religion in general is the same,…based in fear and prejudice. Humans should be free of fear and prejudice, and then religion will be nonexistent and become unnecessary..

    • GALT

      Yup, you all are a bunch of “”idiots”….the “talking monkey” claims to understand
      that in the trenches you don’t fight for king and country….but for the man next to
      you. How long has this stupid species been around? ( pick your poison )

      The concept of “living for the man next to you” is still lost on the talking monkey.

    • Davy

      The title is odd considering the order is not a ban on Muslims.

    • James Wherry

      And in other ILLEGAL immigration news:

      Here’s another reason why I know the “Wall” is right for America: the Koch Brothers don’t like it because it infringes on their “constitutional right to slave labor.”

      • tapatio

        For those who are unaware, James Wherry is the “resident” Zionist troll on Mint Press. His function is to denigrate the articles here and attack anyone who tells the truth about US Imperialism, Zionism, Judaism or its gods – the Rothschild-Bilderberg Predatory Empire.

        Mr Wherry is a former major in the US Army who was employed in “Civil Affairs”, the organization that involved in “enhanced” techniques to render populations docile and obedient to whatever puppet the Empire placed over them. He has bragged on Mint Press about helping to train the state terrorists of Uganda.

        Mr. Wherry is also what is called a “gay” chickenhawk – older men who prey on young boys.. It’s actually a sub-species of ped0phile – too cowardly to actually run the risk of attacking children and turns their attention to barely legal young men. In Mr Wherry’s case, he obtained a young Filipino boy through a web site that handles such transactions, brought the boy to the US and “married” him. Presumably, the boy’s birth certificate is authentic (difficult to know in a country like the Philippines, where any official document is available for under $100). At any event, Mr Wherry appears to be a very, very dissipated 50-something and the boy looks like he should be in junior high school.

        I know this because James Wherry trolled me for some months, on this site, until I became sufficiently irritated. He was stupid enough to use his real name and a traceable photo, making it easy to investigate him and do a background check.


        “”I’m very happy about it,” James Wherry said. “Marriage is the bedrock of our society. I hope that same-sex couples can rejuvenate and revitalize marriage and give it the respect it is due.””

        Anyone wishing to chat with James Wherry on the subjects of Jew crimes, Jews defrauding of America and war crime involvement by US Army “Civil Affairs” could do so at this address…………….
        6300 MILGEN RD, APT 1403
        COLUMBUS, GA 31907
        (Wherry claims to have moved from the above address)
        OR AT
        6450 Way Ave Bldg 2839 • Fort Benning, GA 31905
        (Fort Benning is home of School of the Americas. Wherry has claimed that he has never worked at Fort Benning – he lied)

        I’m sure Wherry would also love to show how to buy boy s-x slaves from third world countries and show the one he brought home from the Philippines

    • obama is first implemented the travel ban on these countries years ago and you were silent.

      Trump extends and obama era order and you go crazy.

      Sane people are not buying this hypocrisy.

    • James Wherry

      There is no “Muslim ban.” The Organization of Islamic Cooperation has 57 member nations. This ban only involves 7 nations with acknowledged ties to terrorism. That’s the real issue.

      As to President Trump’s desire for a preference for Christians from those nations, it’s nice to know that they have somewhere to go. Shi’ites have places to go in the middle east: Iran and Syria. Sun’ni’s have places to go: Turkey and the Gulf Nations. Christians have nowhere to go, thanks to the bigotry and attacks they have experienced from – you guessed it – Muslims citing the Koran and acting in the name of Islam.

      • Davy

        Leave it to the comments section to make more sense. is going the way of CNN lately.

        • Lately?

          • Davy

            Maybe it’s been like this all along? IDK I just found this site about 8 months ago trying to find alternatives to MSM.

            • Well if you look further up in the comments thread, certain of the adherents of this web-site “news source” basically further the agenda of the lame-stream-media. Many of the articles have a ridiculously asinine liberal twist, while masking themselves as ‘balanced coverage’. Which agenda of course is to denigrate anything American unless it’s excessively liberal (read: radically liberal), antisemitic, anticapitalist, pro-islamist, communist in nature. And one in particular uses sub-par design skills and stock photos and lamely constructed gifs to make his point, because articulation with his pie-hole isn’t up to snuff either. The so-called moderation on this site does nothing to quell it either. I’ll be surprised if my post stays up to be frank.

              • Davy

                You’re right. I’ve already unsubscribed. BTW if anyone is interested in using google news again there is a now a plugin for chrome called sans that will actually block news sources. Winning!

                • Yeah, I’m hesitant to unsubscribe, because sometimes, they nail something important, and correctly. But not often.

        • James Wherry

          What’s odd is that one of the “articles” accuses Trump of being sub-servient to Russia.

          HUH?!? MintPressNews WANTED President Obama to work with Russia and now that President Trump is actually promising to try, he’s “subservient?!?”

          • Just more liberal insanity.

            • James Wherry

              Amen. I think the Far Left fears that President Trump will be like THEM and refuse to enforce the law and pick and choose what he follows. American conservatives don’t act that way.

      • tapatio