Trump’s refugee ban-A sign of religious discrimination?

The following article is based on my own interpretation of the said events and/ or publicly available information. Any material borrowed from published and unpublished sources has been appropriately referenced. I will bear the sole responsibility for anything that is found to have been copied or misappropriated or misrepresented in the following post.

Srishti Prasad, MBA 2016-18, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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The newly elected US President blocked immigration from seven Muslim countries with the intention to ban the entry of refugees. The ban suspends the United States’ Syrian refugee program, which accepted 12,486 Syrians in 2016.  It also gives preference to accepting Christian refugees from the Middle East over Muslim refugees. This has received huge criticism all over the world and many leading companies like Uber and Apple have expressed their disappointment. In fact, the acting US Attorney General Sally Yates also defied Mr Trump’s order. The President maintained that this move was “not a Muslim ban” and it was long overdue. The ultimate objective is the maintenance of national security

Chaos and anger prevailed at the airports where immigrants and refugees were stranded. They did not know where to go. This move will also impact India and the Indians working in the US. The former President, Barack Obama, criticized Trump’s move and stated that one should not be discriminated on the grounds of religion.

The question of the hour is what happens next. Opponents are planning to take a legal step against this. They are expected to argue that the blanket ban violates the Fifth Amendment right to due process. They will also put forth that the order’s preferential treatment of Christians over Muslims violates the first amendment on freedom of religion.

 

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