On Monday, President Trump signed a new executive order that reintroduces his controversial travel and immigration ban.
Unlike his first directive, the revised version contains some key changes. The order, which will take effect on March 16, now excludes Iraq from the list of Muslim-majority countries from which travel and immigration will be halted for 90 days. (Sudan, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen remain in the list.) It also lifts the permanent ban on Syrian refugees, and will not apply to current visa-holders or permanent residents.
People on Twitter were quick to react to the new order, and many weren't happy with the Trump administration.
Some users are saying that certain aspects of the order aren't compassionate, and that it might foster even more violence towards certain communities. Others pointed out that immigrating to the U.S. is already a complex, long, and difficult process. And finally, some took the opportunity to remind people that there's no evidence whatsoever that people coming from these six countries represent a justifiable threat to the U.S.
Banning refugees, even temporarily, from war-torn countries doesn't so much protect Americans, as it does endanger people at risk of death. https://t.co/eyfqvx6VlO— James Martin, SJ (@JamesMartinSJ) March 6, 2017
When considering new EO do not forget some basic facts:— Ishaan Tharoor (@ishaantharoor) March 6, 2017
1. Extreme vetting is/always has been in place
2. It is REALLY hard to get a US visa
Trump's "new" travel ban ignores DHS's own report concluding that banning travelers by country of origin would not reduce the terror threat.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) March 6, 2017
Reminder: in the last 40 yrs, there hasn't been a single fatal terrorist attack in US by anyone from the 6 (originally 7) banned countries.— Steven Rattner (@SteveRattner) March 6, 2017
Many were also questioning whether the new travel ban will be upheld, considering that the first version was defeated in federal court last month.
Oh look, another travel ban. If the first movie is a massive flop, there usually isn't a sequel right away. There's no Waterworld 2.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) March 6, 2017
New travel ban is just as unconstitutional as the previous ban. No court struck it down because Iraq was on the list. Who’s lawyering this?— Lisa Bloom (@LisaBloom) March 6, 2017
Despite the Trump administration repeatedly denying that the initial order constituted a "Muslim ban," many people are calling Trump's new directive a "Muslim Ban 2.0." (This is due in part to the fact the website for Trump's presidential campaign still shows a press release calling for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on.")
Reminder that even a watered down Muslim ban is still a Muslim ban, still racist, and still counterproductive in the fight against terrorism— Jesse Berney (@jesseberney) March 6, 2017
The Muslim ban 2.0 is just as disgusting as the first one. Pointless, ineffective, and will just make things worse. Get ready to protest!— Emilia🇺🇸 (@PoliticalEmilia) March 6, 2017
A ham sandwich without mayonnaise is still a ham sandwich. New travel ban just like the old one: a Muslim ban. #MuslimBan2— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) March 6, 2017
We're not fooled—Muslim Ban 2.0 is more of the same, based on the same prejudice, discrimination & hate. #NoBanNoWallNoRaids— NARAL (@NARAL) March 6, 2017
Muslim Ban 2.0 is just as regressive and ineffective as the first one. Notice Trump still managed to protect his Saudi business partners.— Kaivan Shroff (@KaivanShroff) March 6, 2017
Of course, there were also some Trump supporters who were happy with the administration's new directive.
@FoxNews Putting our safety and national security first! once again. Make America safe President Trump! 😎— Magnumpihonhi (@magnumpihonhi) March 6, 2017
One thing is clear: Those who oppose the Trump administration's policy on travel and immigration will continue to fight against it.
Introducing the New Muslim Ban! Now 14% less racist! But don't worry: still plenty of the racism 45 lovers love!— Colin Thomson (@IamColinThomson) March 6, 2017
See you at the airport.
Muslim ban 2.0— Virginia Parrish (@texpatnj) March 6, 2017
Here we go again. When do I need to show up at the airport?
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