Muslim ban expansion offers lessons

In recent years, we have been unlearning the stereotype that Muslims are Arabs. Today, we got another lesson.

President Donald Trump signed a proclamation adding several more countries to his ban on immigrant visas or diversity lottery visas for people from places with large Muslim populations.

Affected countries, with the approximate percentages of Muslims, are: Eritrea (50%), Kyrgyzstan (83%), Nigeria (43%), Tanzania (35%), Sudan (97%). One other country, Myanmar, is about 4% Muslim and more than 80% Buddhist. Ironically, the Buddhist majority has been pushing out the Rohingya people, who are Muslim.

The extension of the Ban will go into effect on Feb. 22.

The extension was reported by the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.

“100 Questions and Answers About Muslim Americans” is available from Amazon or the Front Edge Publishing bookstore.

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