A Students Perspective: Executive Order 13768 Patrick Coughlin, University of Arizona

Executive Order 13768 was President Trumps first order signed as President on January 25th, 2017. Titled Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States, it sounds like a good idea right? Who doesn't like "public safety"? However, this title comes with a price, a very big price. Let's look exactly into what we are doing to get this so called "safety".

The Facts

  • Suspends the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program for 120 days
  • Suspends the entry of Syrian refugees indefinitely
  • Suspends the entry of immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries- Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen for 90 days
  • Limits the amount of refugees entering the U.S. at 500

In Trump's campaign, he openly promised he would do something to prevent muslims from immigrating the the U.S. I guess now he is acting on that promise.

“ a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” - Donald trump

Yes, you're reading that right.

The 7 countries listed in the ban

As you can imagine, protest and confusion broke out immediately after Trump put pen to paper. The real question is what does this mean to us as college students, does it protect us or hurt us?

Protest at JFK Airport

The Effects

As we look around campus there are students and faculty from all walks of life. Not just here at the University of Arizona, but at every college campus in the United States. Many of these students are here as an exchange program from other countries to get a better education in the U.S. Matter of fact, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a top school in the United States, is made up of 40% foreign immigrants. We are known for taking the brightest students from other countries and providing them the opportunities they need to do great things. These students' biggest dream is coming to America to get an education. Not only do the best of the best scholars from all over the world come here to study and do research, they also pay big money to do so.

Students from the countries banned by the executive order alone bring in more than $500 million to the U.S. economy each year. This means that we are denying this consistent flow of money to our Universities that are already struggling. If this keeps up, Universities will have no other option other than to increase the tuition rates to all students, yes, that means you and me. Ha and you thought you were paying too much already huh?

When it comes down to it these students are a positive asset to our economy and society. Iranian students are more likely to study S.T.E.M. fields than students in any other country. They are the future. Why are we denying them the tools to cure cancer or engineer the next great invention? Our society needs these students here studying in America or they will never reach their fullest potential.

The most absurd part of this whole ordeal is that this travel ban doesn't make us any safer. There has never been a terrorist attack from the 7 countries banned by the order. This ban wouldn't of prevented the Boston bombings, the Pulse nightclub shooting, the San Bernardino shooting, nor 9/11 of that matter. Those attacks were carried out by U.S citizens or immigrants from other countries like Saudi Arabia but you don't see them on the list do you.

January 25th, 2017

I honestly feel bad for the students from those countries either planning on coming here to study or already studying here. Put yourself in their shoes, for those planning on attending a U.S. university, they have finally been accepted to their dream school but because of one executive order that dream is wiped away. They have worked their tales off all throughout middle and high school with the dream to come to America for college and are now skeptical about even coming. For those who are already here, this semester is about to wrap up and everyone is planning to go on summer break, what are they going to do? They can't go home and see their friends and family because that risks not being able to re-enter the country to finish their degrees in the fall. If this is their last semester and they are graduating, their families can't visit to attend their graduation ceremonies. In my opinion, the worst part of this is that they falsely have a target on their back that was placed there by the "Leader of the Free World". Even though they have done nothing wrong, they are living in a country that doesn't want them here. That is a screwed up situation to be in.

In Conclusion

By signing this order, President Trump single handedly whiffed on his attempt to make us safer and instead is denying millions of dollars to our economy and the priceless research and work of thousands of students to our society and the world. Who are we to decide whether or not these intelligent students come here or not. They aren't coming here to blow us up or even "Make America Great Again" they are here to make America even greater. We need to open our eyes to the reality that not every muslim on this Earth is evil. It is okay to be skeptical and put America's safety first but our President is not going about that the right way. It's our job as college students to lead this future generation and make the U.S. and world know.

Works Cited

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Blackburn, Marsha. "Rep. Blackburn: Executive order makes U.S. safer." USA Today. Gannett Satellite Information Network, 29 Jan. 2017. Web. 05 Mar. 2017.

Nussbaum, Josh Gerstein and Matthew, Josh Gerstein and Isaac Arnsdorf, Alex Guillén, Louis Nelson and Matthew Nussbaum, John A. Farrell, Simon Cottee, Landon R. Y. Storrs, and Harold Pollack. "White House tweaks Trump's travel ban to exempt green card holders." POLITICO. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Mar. 2017.

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