United States Court of Appeals Denies Trump’s Travel Ban

The controversial decree signed by President Donald J. Trump banning refugees and restricting travel from seven Muslim-majority countries to enter in the U.S. was declined by the U.S. Court of Appeals.

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President of United States Donald J. Trump

Mr. Trump signed the Executive Order 13769 under the name of “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States”resulting in the suspension of this decree on 3rd February. The U.S. Court of Appeals on 9th February unanimously rejected President Trump’s attempt to re-apply it

From this declarations, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said:

This victory should not lead to complacency. This and other Trump administration orders and policies still pose a threat to communities of color, religious minorities, women, and others.”  

Three judges supported arguments in order to keep the suspension of the traveling ban and Mr. Trump said he would take the case to the Supreme Court.

Trump defend his travel ban and accused the judiciary branch of becoming “political” during an address to the Washington, D.C.conference of the Major Cities Chiefs Association. He also made references to his current measures related to the electoral campaign:


“One of the reasons I was elected was because of law, order, and security.”

Mr. Trump talks directly to the American people, Courts of Appeal and to the Opposition:


“You are great men and women, and we have to allow you to do your jobs, and we have to give you the weapons that you need […] they are trying to taking away from you, because of politics, or political views.”


In those statements, he is calling for Americans to understand the travel ban as a tool for increment security and jobs. Then Trump alleged the possibility of the Courts of being influenced by the opposite party in its decisions. 

This article from The Guardian informs about Trump called for surveillance against mosques and support the idea of establishing a database for all Muslims living in the United States. This ideology has led Trump wants to the shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until he was able to figure out how to attack horrendous threats by people who believe only in Jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life, in his own words.

Trump’s executive order of the travel ban restriction proposed (also applied to permanent US residents, like green-card holders and foreign visitors) the imposition of a 90-day ban on travelers from Syria, Iran, Sudan, Lybia, Somalia, Yemen, and Iraq, according to the Telegraph

However, the ban is not applied to Christians of these countries. 

Trump’s executive order has been strongly criticized by many people, as the Court of Appeals alleged that the travel ban has nothing to do with the reach of ‘national security’:

The decision to ban people from seven-Muslim majority countries to enter the United States will give further arguments to extremist groups, such as the Islamic State, and will not guarantee national security.”


By Alejandro Martínez, Marina Barberá and Alba Tissera.

A Prayer That Ends In Death

 

The shooting that took place inside a mosque in Quebec, Canada on January 29th, was an act of islamophobia by Alexandre Bissonnette who killed 6 people and injured 8.

At 20:00 on Sunday, more than 50 people were at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City, after they ended praying. When it was bound to be a normal day, a man entered and started shooting, taking the life of six people and injuring eight. The victims were all men between 39 and 60 years old. The man accused of being the gunman, Alexandre Bissonnette, was charged with six counts of first-degree murder and five counts of attempted murder using a restricted firearm on Monday, according to police sources.

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Alexandre Bissonnette, 27 years old. – wpmedia.montrealgazette.com –

Alexandre Bissonnette is a 27 years old Quebec native who studied political science and anthropology at Laval University, close from where the shooting took place. Khaled Belkacemi, former professor at Laval University, also died in the attack. Mr Bissonnette went to the mosque days before the shooting with a curious and suspicious attitude. A witness in the mosque said that the Young man wasn’t interested in learning about their religion. Nobody imagined what days later would happen. Those who knew him from near or far and the families of the victims are wondering why.

Mr Bissonnette was known for taking nationalist and anti-feminist positions by their classmates. According to the testimonies that were provided by the authorities and published by Montreal Gazette, he was bullied at school for being a “nerd” and he built a thick skin, according to statements of his twin brother. A friend of Alexander reassured that this individual was independent, not antisocial. Another more recent acquaintance suggested that Bissonnette had become radicalized in the last year, mainly through the Internet. We can see in his FaceBook page how refugee’s advocates and community organizers were regularly moscked by Alexander Bissonnette with anti-immigrant and anti-feminist statements.

Facts such a pig’s head being left at the mosque’s doorstep last year- as we have found in these article of CBC NEWS.- make us wonder if the police have taken properly measures. We need stronger condemnation of hate speech in a context where there is Trump, that is normalizing anti-Muslim discourse, and it seeps into people.

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Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City

According to what The New York Times tell us in one of its articles contrasted with official sources, the shooting was the first time anyone had been killed in a mosque in Canada in such circumstances and was, at least in recent times, a rare event outside the Muslim world. Also is particularly decisive and relevant to know the current frame of creeping intolerance, fuelled by other politicians as much as Trump. Who is constantly posting on his personal twitter messages that encourage hatred and revenge.

We can’t forget that on Friday 27 of January (two days before the Quebec shooting) Trump signed the order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days and suspending all refugee admission for 120 days,  CNN. He didn’t mention anything but these tweets about what happened in Quebec:

On the other hand the Prime Minister of Canada Mr. Trudeau, said at a memorial near the mosque on Monday:

“Muslim Canadians are valued members of every community and wherever they live they deserve to feel safe; they are home here” 


This research was done by Alejandro Martín, Marina Barberá and Alba Tissera.