By Rakesh Raman
In response to Donald Trump’s recent suggestion in his political speeches to put a temporary ban on Muslims’ entry into USA, an online community petition is urging the UK government that the US Presidential hopeful should not be allowed to enter UK for his hate speeches.
The UK parliament is likely to consider the request in the next one month, as it considers all petitions that get more than 100,000 signatures for a debate. The petition against Trump has already crossed half a million signature mark.
Trump is the Republican frontrunner in the Presidential race. He wants to drive away Muslims from the US believing that all Muslims are potential terrorists. Many Americans believe that Trump’s rhetoric will unite all Muslims against Americans.
Trump also has an overt dislike for Hispanics, Chinese, and other non-Americans. He has also said that most Mexicans who are coming to the US are criminals and rapists and he wants to make a big wall to block their entry into USA.
From Trump’s speeches, it appears that he wants to keep only Americans in America if he could make it to the White House. In fact, Trump is to America what Narendra Modi is to India. Modi who is the current Prime Minister of India wants to make India a Hindu Rashtra – a nation only for Hindus. As Modi was an accused in the 2002 Gujarat riots against Indian Muslims, USA had denied visa to Modi. Similarly, UK wants to ban Trump.
“The UK has banned entry to many individuals for hate speech. The same principles should apply to everyone who wishes to enter the UK,” says the petition. “If the United Kingdom is to continue applying the ‘unacceptable behaviour’ criteria to those who wish to enter its borders, it must be fairly applied to the rich as well as poor, and the weak as well as powerful.”
In response to the petition, the UK government states that the Home Secretary may exclude a non-European Economic Area national from the UK if she considers their presence in the UK to be non-conducive to the public good.
“The Home Secretary has said that coming to the UK is a privilege and not a right and she will continue to use the powers available to prevent from entering the UK those who seek to harm our society and who do not share our basic values,” according to a government statement.
The Prime Minister David Cameron has made clear that he completely disagrees with Donald Trump’s remarks. The Home Secretary has said that Donald Trump’s remarks in relation to Muslims are divisive, unhelpful and wrong.
“The Government recognises the strength of feeling against the remarks and will continue to speak out against comments which have the potential to divide our communities, regardless of who makes them. We reject any attempts to create division and marginalisation amongst those we endeavour to protect,” the statement added.
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