What it’s like in the 7 countries on Trump’s Travel Ban list

Donald J. Trump, the 45th president of the United States, has introduced an executive order on immigration that bars citizens of seven Middle-Eastern and African countries from entering the United States for the next 90 days and suspends the entry of all refugees for 120 days. The list consists of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Libya, Sudan and Somalia. These countries were initially identified as “countries of concern” under the Obama administration

  • Syria: There is no country in the world today as desperate as war-torn Syria. Millions of innocents have been affected by the conflict that has been going on for nearly six years, with an estimated 400,000 people killed.. The war has allowed ISIS ( a group of full-on 13th century extremists) to rise up.
  • Iraq: Iraq has struggled to achieve political stability since the US invasion in 2003. But the country’s forces were unable to stave off the spread of ISIS, made most horrifically clear in 2014 when as many as 1,700 soldiers were killed in mass executions near a former military base. Iraq has been ISIS’ battleground for several months now.
  • Iran: While Iran appears to be getting back on its feet economically and politically, rights groups say the country is still autocratic in many ways and life is difficult for minority groups, women and the political opposition.
  • Yemen: Yemen’s civil war broke out more than two years ago, yet it is very much a “forgotten war” as the world focuses on Syria, where conflict rages on a larger scale.The two wars bear some similarities: dozens of schools and hospitals have been bombed, foreign powers have carried out deadly airstrikes, political chaos has created an ideal climate for militant groups like ISIS to flourish.
  • Libya: As the Arab Spring began in 2011, Gadhafi was eventually stopped and executed. But his death only created a political vacuum, and no stable government has taken his place since. Years of political uncertainty allowed ISIS to gain a foothold in the country, drawing the UN into another conflict.
  • Somalia: One of the world’s poorest countries, Somalia descended into civil war after dictator Siad Barre’s ouster in 1991. Government security forces, African Union troops and allied militias have been responsible for indiscriminate attacks, sexual violence, and arbitrary arrests and detention.
  • Sudan: Sudan’s development has been delay by ongoing conflicts, most notably the Darfur conflict, which began around 2003 when several rebel groups took up arms against the government in Khartoum. They fought over land and historical marginalization, which still continue today.

President Trump said this ban is to protect the USA from any terrorist move/attack. “America has always been the land of the free and home of the brave,” he said. “We will keep it free and keep it safe, as the media knows, but refuses to say.”

However, six of the seven banned states also bar citizens by nationality, an argument often cited by Donald’s supporters in an attempt to ease the chaos. According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the banned countries of Syria, Sudan, Iran, Iraq, Yemen and Libya all block Israeli citizens from entering their own countries.

I think the ban is utter nonsense. Because this is a violation of the rights of those people. The US would be out of its mind of someone banned them. If America really is the land of the free and home of the brave, they should accept the brave refugees who are war torn and travel half of the world to get a bit of freedom.

“When Iran, when they circle our beautiful destroyers with their little boats, and they make gestures at our people that they shouldn’t be allowed to make, they will be shot out of the water.” –Donald Trump, threatening to go to war with Iran over rude hand gestures.

Ward Beerens 






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