Barack Obama puts a six-month ban on Iraqi refugees entering the country in 2011, and ends the longstanding wet foot/dry foot process for Cuban refugees, and nobody batted an eye. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump’s executive order implementing a 90-day travel ban on the seven countries listed in the Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 and indefinite suspension of our program of resettling Syrian refugees has set off waves of protest, primarily taking place at our nation’s airports.
A common chant at the protests is “no ban, no wall!,” which refers to the inaccurate belief that a three month travel restriction on seven countries is a ban on 1.6 billion Muslims, and Trump’s unrelated desired border with Mexico.
The Independent Journal Review decided to reach out to some American Muslims about Trump’s executive order, and asked them if they felt the protests were justified. They were also asked their thoughts on the narrative that Trump is a racist president.
Here are their surprising responses:
“If these people really wanted to make a difference, they can become mommies and daddies in refugee camps in Syria or Iraq. Spend time with the people who truly are in need of help.
For years President Obama bombed countries in the Middle East, and I didn’t see them protesting. It’s incredibly hypocritical to be doing what they’re doing now.And they cry racism. As a Muslim-American, I’ve never missed any opportunities because of my ethnic background, religion, or skin color. I’d have just as much of a chance as any white American or any American in general. So has my family.
I refuse to believe that I’m a minority as well. Here in America, everyone is granted the same chance at the American dream. The case would be different if I was in say Iraq or Syria.”
“It’s not a Muslim ban. If it was really a Muslim ban, he would have banned immigration from Indonesia, the country with the highest population of Muslims. The seven countries listed were in Obama’s Terrorist Travel Prevention Act.
The protesters are not concerned. If so, we would have see them protesting Obama’s drone strikes and Obama making it more difficult for some Muslims to make it into this country.
There isn’t an actual basis for these protests. It’s more political than anything else, pushing a narrative, and being upset that a Republican is in the White House.”
“First of all, it’s not a Muslim ban. And I think that the policy that’s been put into action, should have been in place during the Obama administration. If anything, it’s time to put Americans first in this country.
The protests are ridiculous. They aren’t accomplishing anything. These people are just trying to cause a scene. They are not there with a purpose.
If they want to make some kind of impact, it won’t happen in the streets. They should donate to an organization that supports the refugees, or they should start their own organization to lift up and help these people. But nothing of that sort is being done.”
U.S. Army veteran Mohammed Shaker:
“As long as they’re not violent, I don’t care about people protesting. Protest all you want. These protests are stupid, though.
It’s hypocritical that they didn’t protest all of Obama’s action in the Middle East. I was concerned for a moment because there wasn’t a provision for green card holders, but that was later fixed.”
Then Shaker used some personal experience to make a point:
“I served in Iraq. I helped train Iraqi soldiers, and not everyone was trustworthy. I remember an Iraqi officer who was trying to get me to tell him where a sensitive location was. A lot of our equipment was in that location.
He told me he would pay me if he could sell the equipment on the black market. There were complaints from soldiers that officers were taking weapons and equipment from us and selling it to we don’t even know who.
As a result, they weren’t leaving enough weapons or equipment for their soldiers. So I could understand why there could be questions about where peoples’ loyalty lies.”
At least they know better. The hysterical liberals entering their fourth day of protest are another story however….
[Note: This post was written by The Analytical Economist]