After President Trump had signed his executive order on “extreme vetting,” protests exploded throughout the nation.
It started at JFK Aiport in Queens, New York.Image Credit: Stephanie Keith/Stringer/Getty Images
Then, protests popped up in several more airports and major cities.
Some of the media called the order a ‘Muslim ban,’ while the position of the White House is that it isn’t a ban on Muslims. Still, tensions around the U.S. remain high.
Independent Journal Review decided to reach out to some American Muslims about the order.
We asked them if they felt the protests were justified and how they felt overall about the narrative of Trump being a ‘racist’ Commander-in-Chief.
Here’s what we learned.
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“If these people really wanted to make a difference, they can become mommies and daddies in refugee camps in Syria or Iraq. Spend time with the people who truly are in need of help.
For years President Obama bombed countries in the Middle East, and I didn’t see them protesting. It’s incredibly hypocritical to be doing what they’re doing now.
And they cry racism. As a Muslim American, I’ve never missed any opportunities because of my ethnic background, religion, or skin color. I’d have just as much of a chance as any white American or any American in general. So has my family.
I refuse to believe that I’m a minority as well. Here in America, everyone is granted the same chance at the American dream. The case would be different if I was in, say, Iraq or Syria.”
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“It’s not a Muslim ban. If it was really a Muslim ban, he would have banned immigration from Indonesia, the country with the highest population of Muslims. The seven countries listed were in Obama’s Terrorist Travel Prevention Act.
The protesters are not concerned. If so, we would have see them protesting Obama’s drone strikes and Obama making it more difficult for some Muslims to make it into this country.
There isn’t an actual basis for these protests. It’s more political than anything else, pushing a narrative, and being upset that a Republican is in the White House.”
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“First of all, it’s not a Muslim ban. And I think that the policy that’s been put into action, should have been in place during the Obama administration. If anything, it’s time to put Americans first in this country.
The protests are ridiculous. They aren’t accomplishing anything. These people are just trying to cause a scene. They are not there with a purpose.
If they want to make some kind of impact, it won’t happen in the streets. They should donate to an organization that supports the refugees, or they should start their own organization to lift up and help these people. But nothing of that sort is being done.”
U.S. Army veteran Mohammed Shaker:Image Credit: Mohammed Shaker/Independent Journal Review
“As long as they’re not violent, I don’t care about people protesting. Protest all you want. These protests are stupid, though.
It’s hypocritical that they didn’t protest all of Obama’s action in the Middle East. I was concerned for a moment because there wasn’t a provision for green card holders, but that was later fixed.”
Then Shaker used some personal experience to make a point:
“I served in Iraq. I helped train Iraqi soldiers, and not everyone was trustworthy. I remember an Iraqi officer who was trying to get me to tell him where a sensitive location was. A lot of our equipment was in that location.
He told me he would pay me if he could sell the equipment on the black market. There were complaints from soldiers that officers were taking weapons and equipment from us and selling it to… we don’t even know who.
As a result, they weren’t leaving enough weapons or equipment for their soldiers. So I could understand why there could be questions about where people’s loyatly lies.”
Meanwhile, the anti-Trump protests are in their third day with no signs of slowing down anytime soon.