Trump’s Illegal Muslim Ban Will Help ISIS Terrorists: Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren
Elizabeth Warren

President Trump’s revised travel ban order also met with a legal roadblock when a U.S. federal judge in Hawaii issued an emergency halt to the order’s implementation.

By Rakesh Raman

Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts – who is a fierce critic of President Donald Trump – has attacked his travel ban which aims to block the entry of citizens from certain Muslim-majority countries into the U.S.

Senator Warren said Wednesday that Trump’s order will help the terrorist organization Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) recruit more Muslim fighters who would think that Trump is targeting the Muslim community as a whole.

She said that Trump’s illegal Muslim ban is still a recruiting tool for ISIS and it can’t keep Americans safe.

After facing a severe opposition from people and American courts for his executive order signed in January, Trump had recently issued a revised order restricting entry of people from six Muslim countries: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

However, the revised travel ban order also met with a legal roadblock Wednesday when a U.S. federal judge in Hawaii issued an emergency halt to the order’s implementation.

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“An illegal Muslim ban by another name is still an illegal Muslim ban. So the courts just blocked Trump’s second one (revised order),” said Senator Warren.

The earlier Muslim ban order issued on January 27 had suspended for 90 days the entry of citizens from seven countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

According to that order, these countries had already been identified as presenting heightened concerns about terrorism and travel to the United States.

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Last month, U.S. District Judge James Robart had issued a nationwide temporary restraining order blocking Trump’s Muslim ban order. Trump also had fired a top federal government lawyer Sally Yates when she opposed Trump’s order.

Trump’s attempt to ban Muslims is being condemned all across the world. A number of United Nations (UN) human rights and refugee welfare agencies have expressed their anguish over Trump’s arbitrary decision to ban the entry of people from Muslim countries.

The agencies – including UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and IOM, the International Organization for Migration – hope that the U.S. will continue its strong leadership role and long tradition of protecting those who are fleeing conflict and persecution.

By Rakesh Raman, who is a government’s National award-winning journalist and runs free school for deserving children under his NGO – RMN Foundation.

Photo courtesy: Elizabeth Warren

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