There are plenty of valid reasons to have reservations about President Trump’s executive order on halting immigration from seven countries known to be hot spots for terrorism. The incompetency, the banning of green card holders (which has been since reversed), Steve Bannon outranking DHS legal opinions, and the lack of a provision that allowed allies, such as Iraqi interpreters, to enter are all valid criticisms.
There are multiple criticisms that are not as valid. It is not a “Muslim Ban,” and it is not a threat to any First Amendment right. Even if it were a “Muslim Ban,” every foreigner in the United States is here at the blessing of the federal government, no foreigner has a right to travel or move to the United States. Simply because something is bad policy does not make it unconstitutional.
One of the most absurd criticisms, articulated by people such as John McCain, is the idea that it might provoke more terrorist attacks.
People are concerned. They look at what has happened in places such as Germany and France and they do not want to see that happen here. In response, they are told how stupid they are. They resent their self-appointed moral betters demanding they “learn to live with terrorism.” It is not just terrorism. People are concerned that Western Civilization is dying right in front of their eyes and that their elected leaders are doing nothing to stop it. They are tired of victim-blaming mayors, being told they must change for unassimilated migrants and refugees who, at times, do not seem to appreciate their hosts. Oppose all of that, and John McCain may accuse you of potentially aiding terrorist recruitment.
It is never said that certain countries banning Israelis risk enticing Jewish extremism or that Pakistan risks inciting Hindu extremism. History did not begin with Donald Trump’s executive order, Guantanamo Bay, or the Iraq War. Donald Trump’s refugee policy is not the reason for terrorism in the same way a YouTube video was not responsible for Benghazi and drawing a cartoon of Muhammad is not “asking for it.”
If Donald Trump’s immigration policies convince you to become a terrorist, that says far more about you then it does about Trump. The idea that a Muslim might be convinced to become a terrorist simply because Donald Trump, or anyone else, may have hurt their feelings is an insult to Muslims. That is the true definition of Islamophobia. If most Muslims truly are non-violent and peaceful as we are often told, then comments like Senator McCain’s display a soft form of bigotry that hurts those he claims to want to help.