POLITICS: Immigration ban’s impact so far…and yet to come

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by Hayley Olivenbaum, Briana McGowan, Erik Van Pelt–

In our first political discussion since the inauguration Hayley, Briana and Erik break down President Trump’s new executive order on immigration regulations.

On Jan. 27, 2017, President Trump enacted a national order imposing strict regulations on certain peoples entrance into the United States. This order arrived in the wake of Trump’s promises to strengthen national security and eradicate radical Islamic terrorism. The order bans entry of individuals into the United States for 90 days from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

The order bans entry of refuges for 120 days and Syrian refugees indefinitely. At the 120-day ban’s conclusion a new refugee policy will be examined and possibly implemented, lending preference to refugees of minority religions.

Through lively banter and debate we analyze just what this order means for those affected, its justifications, technicalities and subtler nuances. Even in the early days of the 45th president’s first official term, divisiveness throughout the nation has become palpable. This order added fuel to an already hotly debated issue. We hope you enjoy our takes, remarks and reactions. Thanks for listening!