Almost on cue, President Trump’s second anti-Muslim “travel ban” has hit a major snag. A judge on the Western District Court of Wisconsin has issued a temporary restraining order against the government, allowing an unknown plaintiff to be reunited with his wife and children, who are stranded in the devastated city of Aleppo, Syria.
Trump’s second Muslim ban is similar to the first, restricting travelers from six Muslim-majority nations – Syria, Somalia, Libya, Yemen, Iran, and Sudan – from entering the United States for 90 days.
Crucially, it now leaves out Iraq due to concerns that it would hamper counterterrorism efforts against Daesh (ISIS/ISIL), which undermines the entire premise of the ban, which is to prevent Daeshi “sleeper agents” from infiltrating the United States as tourists or refugees.
The ban on Syrian refugees fleeing the brutal six-year civil war has been reduced to 120 days. The current ban also allows those with green cards and legal residents to return to the United States.
Trump’s anti-Muslim “travel bans” use national security concerns to cloak the racism and bigotry that inspired them in the first place. Terrorist attacks are much more likely to be committed by those already living in the United States – and bans like this only give credibility to the extremist narratives of groups like Daesh and al-Qaeda and actually put our nation in further danger than we were in before.
While this restraining order only affects this particular family, it’s a great sign that Trump’s second attempt at what is at best obvious Islamophobia and at worst gentle ethnic cleansing isn’t going to hold up in court.
Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.