Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ affects US citizens at home and abroad

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By Kara Donnelly

On Jan. 27, President Donald Trump signed off on a ban limiting travel between seven countries and the United States.

The travel ban, which was issued for 90 days, was set out to deny access to all travel from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen, according to USA Today. This affects the citizens of the U.S. because they have been banned from travel between these countries, too.

USA Today also reported that families of U.S. citizens and the citizens themselves will not be able to travel if they have any connection with those countries. A right of all is to be able to travel, and this has been temporarily taken away.

As an American against this ban, I believe that there are things that can be done to show this is fundamentally not right.

Education on this topic is extremely important to fully understand what is occurring. Reading up on the news brings you one step closer to supporting refugees.

There are many programs that have been set up since this ban has been signed. Across the U.S., communities have joined together to create an alliance against religious profiling in addition to race and gender.

Since Trump’s inauguration, rallies and protests have emerged. This is another thing that can help with the devastation of the ban.

International protesters declare the importance of “having your voice heard.” Speak about the refugees and why this is not right. Standing up for a belief in any form where a belief is brought up is helping a situation.

Local organizations are also taking donations for the refugees and their families. Giving to a cause can support the travel of refugees and help create events in support of beliefs.

Lakeland will be holding a women’s march on April 15 at Munn Park. This event is a great way to go out and show support for equality of all people, including religious equality.

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