Political Face Off: Immigration Ban — Article 2

By Katelyn Minder

After less than a month in office, President Donald Trump has arguably caused more controversy than any other president so early in his term. One of his most controversial decisions is, obviously, what is being called the “Muslim ban” by many left-wing media agencies. However, his decision has been twisted by many news sources. While this order could have been executed, there are many benefits to restricting immigration temporarily.

Many people — especially Christians — are pointing out verses in the Bible that seem to disagree with Trump’s executive order. Such as the verse, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” However, while we as Christians are called to take in the foreigner, we are also a part of a country, not just a community or a home.

It is important to understand that the ban on immigration was only to be temporary — just long enough to provide the U.S. and new presidential administration time to figure out a safer method of letting immigrants into the country. While it is obvious that not every person that comes into the U.S. is a terrorist, it is obvious that some have slipped through the cracks in the past. While we are called to show love to our neighbors, that does not mean that we leave our homes unlocked. How many of you lock your dorm rooms when you leave for the weekend? How about your cars when you have important things inside? Realize that even on a Christian campus, you cannot trust everyone…much less in the world.

“Because of the dangers we see today in this world, we need to be very careful.” This is a quote from Franklin Graham, and frankly, I agree with it. While we like to think the best of people, that thought is not always realistic.

I do realize that Trump could have executed this order in a better manner. There should have been exceptions made for those seeking emergency medical treatment and those that were already U.S. residents. Trump is far from a perfect president; however, no one has been a perfect president.

It is important to remember that President Obama issued an “immigration slowdown” in 2011 for residents from the same countries Trump has banned immigration from. And Trump has compared his executive order and Obama’s, although there is much controversy on whether or not the two orders are comparable.

I’ll admit — this is a very tricky situation to navigate. As a Christian, I want to help people. However, I also want other people to be safe. I believe that a more stringent vetting process would allow everyone to be safer. I also believe that temporarily banning (most) immigration from at-risk countries would be beneficial until a better vetting process is put into place.