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YouSpeak: Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration

Students express concerns over adminstration’s ban

Last Friday, with the stroke of a pen, President Donald Trump redefined—at least temporarily—US immigration policy. He signed an executive order that bars all refugees from entering the country for 120 days, bars refugees from war-torn Syria from entering indefinitely, and prohibits entry into the country of residents of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen for 90 days.

The Trump administration justified the order by saying that it was necessary to protect the country from terrorism, but the sweeping ban prompted swift and vociferous criticism from human rights, education, and immigration experts nationwide, and led to demonstrations across the country, including one in Copley Square Sunday that drew an estimated 20,000 people.

This week’s “YouSpeak” asks: “Will Trump’s actions on immigration make America safer?”

Jason Kimball can be reached at jk16@bu.edu. Alan Wong can be reached at alanwong@bu.edu.

Devin Hahn, Producer/Editor, BU Today, Bostonia, Boston University
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Devin Hahn can be reached at dhahn@bu.edu.

4 Comments on YouSpeak: Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration

  • Sue Armstrong Thompson on 02.01.2017 at 11:28 am

    Should you truly chrish our beloved nation and the
    Rare freedoms it allows,!you will be busy daily
    Endeavoring Peace in every way. Our. New
    President deserves respect and prayer and
    Kindness. Our America will crumble from within
    If this ugly bitterness and immature actions continues.
    So grow up and think of others before yourself.
    Each American has a daily choice, either to be
    An ambassador of peace or to kill America.

    • Logic Rules on 02.03.2017 at 9:41 am

      Have you read the Executive Order?
      Have you seen the disruption in Europe with armed soldiers present in streets of France, Germany, Belgium, Greece, Bulgaria?
      America has to solve its own problems before inviting new ones!

  • gerald collins on 02.06.2017 at 6:36 pm

    I am more concerned about Americans. I have lived abroad and i can tell you most countries dont care about US.
    What is so wrong with more vetting of certain countries
    Even president Obama singled out these 7 countries.
    If Mr. Trump was against Muslims then he would have put travel restrictions on other countries.
    The 7 countries dont have very good ways to determine who are the “bad guys” which is why the restrictions.
    Mr. Trump could have done a better job with some of the people-academics, Iraq translators working for the US

  • Kevin on 01.18.2018 at 4:07 pm

    I am very concerned about the welfare of families. I have a free website and blog that gives families “Do it Yourself” assistance in applying for family based immigrant visas.I am especially worried about existing families that are married couples. It is even more heart wrenching when children are involved. This order separates families for a longer period of time than should be. Families undergoing a US spouse visa for example should be allowed to continue undergoing the current vetting process. This current process has the background checks required for our nation’s security interests.

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