Fierce Detachments: On the Muslim Ban
Saam Niami Jalinous
On March 16th, President Trump’s new Muslim Ban will go into effect, barring immigrants from six different Muslim majority countries from applying for a visa, and Syrian refugees will continue to be banned.
The Ban is essentially a more impenetrable version of the previous one, removing Iraq from the list of barred countries and allowing those who have already been approved for entry. It has also been established that Syrian refugees will eventually be allowed in, instead of indefinitely awaiting possible entry.
But, the broader implications of the Ban are still in place. No matter how bulletproof the Ban can become, the sentiment stands the same: The Trump Administration does not want Muslim Middle-Easterners in the United States. No matter how constitutional the new Ban can become, we already know what was trying to be implemented in the first place, based on the sloppily organized first order. A swift restriction of Middle-Easterners.
The revived immigrant ban also displays the relentless desire of the members of the Trump administration to enforce their anti-Muslim sentiments. Top aides to the President, Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller, were the apparent architects of the executive order, according to top White House officials.
It’s not exactly out of place for top White House aides to be the driving forces behind major pieces of legislation; but the more concerning attributes to this development and seemingly unstoppable need to restrict Muslim entry into the nation is the fact that Steve Bannon remains an integral part of the plan.
Steve Bannon has rapidly risen in the ranks at the White House, having little political experience before his White House tenure. Bannon, like many parts of the Trump Administration, was an executive at Goldman Sachs before leaving the investment firm to create Bannon & Co, his media investment firm. Bannon left his executive chair position at the alt-right (and, widely believed “fake news” site) Breitbart News. The same news site that recently claimed President Obama wiretapped President Trump during the 2016 campaign. Obviously President Trump trusts Mr. Bannon, promoting him to Chief Strategist to the President (a position created specifically for Mr. Bannon) and National Security Council to the President (a promotion that President Trump had a vague understanding of).
The Muslim Ban has already created ripples in the international community, enabling hardliners in Europe and pushing Iran to ban American visa seekers. But the Ban should be watched as not just a stark position taken against terrorists (even though Saudis, who allegedly funded the 9/11 attacks and were the main participants in the attacks according to declassified documents, were not banned), but also as one of the first steps of creating an America in Steve Bannon's image. If we do not watch closely, it is unknown where he may push our president to go next.