Donald Trump signed an executive order banning travel from seven Muslim-majority countries and people quickly began protesting across not only the United States but the world. Most chose to protest in airports, where refugees and immigrants were being turned away or detained. Many claimed the ban was racist and Islamophobic. But what do actual Muslims think?
CAIR has announced that they plan to file a lawsuit against the “Muslim” ban, even though the ban doesn’t specifically bar Muslims from entering the country. A Muslim from, say, the United Kingdom can still enter the country, for example. But that didn’t stop CAIR from speaking for all Muslims by calling the ban offensive.
Meanwhile, the Independent Journal Review interviewed Muslims in America to see how they felt about the travel ban.
Jay Smith is a Muslim-American who pointed out that no one seemed to mind when Barack Obama was bombing Muslim countries or banning refugees from entering. And she doesn’t appreciate the insinuation that being Muslim holds her back, or that this is a racist country. “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,” she said.
Kareem Essayed pointed out that if this was an actual ban on Muslims, Trump would have been banning immigrants from Indonesia — the country with the highest Muslim population in the world. According to Essayed, this is just about pushing a “narrative” because liberals are angry that a Republican is in the White House.
Jazi Raye not only does not oppose the Trump travel ban but argued that it “should have been in place during the Obama administration.” She also said that if protesters actually cared about refugees, they would be working to help them — not participating in protests that do no good.
Mohammad Shaker is a United Stated Army veteran, and he didn’t hold back at all. “These protests are stupid,” he said. Like many of the other Muslims interviewed, he thought it was hypocritical for protesters to be angry at Trump when Obama did many of the same things. And he also made a point that while some people in Iraq or other Middle Eastern countries are, indeed, refugees in need of our help, others are not. “I served in Iraq. I helped train Iraqi soldiers, and not everyone was trustworthy,” he pointed out.
Why won’t Democrats listen to their voices? Why doesn’t CAIR represent them? Muslims, like every other group in the United States, do not think or live or feel as one monolithic voting bloc. And they all deserve to have their voices heard.