MSU panel takes up religion, immigration; Trump bans entry from Muslim countries

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On Friday, Jan. 27, President Donald Trump imposed a temporary ban on immigrants entering the United States from seven predominately Muslim countries. Earlier Friday, Michigan State University had scheduled a presentation called “Race, Religion, and Immigration in America Today.”

Speakers included Salah Hassan, a member of the core faculty in Michigan State University’s Muslim Studies Program. Hassan said, “If you’re not worried about Muslim students, Muslim faculty, Muslim citizens and non-citizens residing in this country and what they’ll be subjected to under this administration, you’re missing a very major development.”

Michigan State University students published this guide just prior to the 2016 election, in response to campaign rhetoric about immigration. It is part of a series that answers questions about various groups of people. The guide is available at bit.ly/immigrants_100Q

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Michigan State University students published this guide just prior to the 2016 election, in response to campaign rhetoric about immigration. It is part of a series that answers questions about various groups of people. The guide is available at bit.ly/immigrants_100Q

Trump’s travel ban covers Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. It is called “Protection of The Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into The United States.” The order appears to satisfy a campaign promise. As a candidate, Trump issued a “Statement on Preventing Muslim Immigration.”

His Friday order, signed in a ceremony at the Pentagon, banned the entry of Syrian refugees indefinitely, and for the next 90 days, the admittance of citizens from those seven countries into the United States.

According to a Jan. 29 post on Trump’s Facebook account, “This is not about religion – this is about terror and keeping our country safe. There are over 40 different countries worldwide that are majority Muslim that are not affected by this order. We will again be issuing visas to all countries once we are sure we have reviewed and implemented the most secure policies over the next 90 days.”

At Michigan State, panel moderator Najib Hourani said, “I think that the impetus has a tremendous amount to do with religion and political tactics on the part of the incoming administration. What’s really noticeable is the countries that aren’t on that list. If the concern is truly with the sponsorship of terrorism, or the funding of terrorism, or the flow of funds to radical Islamic roots, then you would think that a discussion with Saudi Arabia would be a top priority, but it’s not.” Hourani is assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology and MSU’s Global Urban Studies Program.

Trump’s order stopped people at airports around the world and sparked protests across the United States.

The presentation was sponsored by more than 20 MSU colleges, departments and organizations.

  • Ace Ramone

    What the bonehead protesters are not considering is this: Trump absolutely HATES isis and terrorists. He wants to both hit them hard and also to protect the US. He said multiple times in the past that he is going to fight our wars like General Patton and the other great general’s did. He said over and over that he is not going to tell the enemy what he is going to do and when he is going to do it. That just costs lives and money. If you know anything about business management, there is what is called “delegating power of authority”. A president or ceo doesn’t form the strategies. He gives that to the people who he appointed to do a particular job. I feel strongly that he gave our military and security leaders this authority to come up with the best plan to achieve the goals he has given them to do. Then those people come to him and tell him in their opinion what the best thing to do would be. Then the president or ceo makes a final approval or disapproval on that, sometimes with modifications. I’m sure they advised him to act immediately without warning. This is to defeat the enemy with the least cost to the US in terms of money and lives. It is also to best protect US citizens.

  • Garys_opinion

    Good job President Trump, rational Americans are behind you 100%.