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Trump shows poor decision making with Muslim ban, wall

Hunter Troppy, General Columnist

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With Trump stepping into office, some questionable decisions have been made. The “Muslim ban,” for example — which requires that any refugee or green card holder traveling to the U.S. from Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia or Sudan undergo extreme 90-day “vetting” — changed many lives for the worse.

The ban has so far been blocked in federal court; in the most recent decision, the court said: “The public has a powerful interest in national security and in the ability of an elected president to enact policies… the public also has an interest in free flow of travel, in avoiding separation of families, and in freedom from discrimination.”

Still, the ban caused mass chaos and confusion at airports when it went into effect, and has led to the cancellation of travel plans for many refugees abroad. Anyone coming into our country will find it to be much more difficult — and probably much less welcoming — than it was just a few months ago. Understandably, many see the ban as a mix of racism and religious discrimination, considering it is aimed at seven Muslim-majority countries.

Another decision that can easily be viewed as motivated by race is the proposed $15 billion dollar wall along the U.S. and Mexico border. The project will undoubtedly also inflict frustration and hardship for many families worldwide — including those here in the U.S., who will have to foot the bill for the proposed tariffs on Mexican goods.

The pay rate to construct the wall is estimated to be somewhere around $80 base pay. Something to consider is the structure will be extremely difficult to construct with the terrain. The biggest struggles will be the Rio Grande, as well as the mountains along the border that separate the U.S. from Mexico. It seems a hefty price to pay considering the significant drop in illegal immigration over the past decade.

Hopefully, with the protests that have unfolded over the wall and Muslim ban, we can still strive to be the successful — and welcoming — country we once were.

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