The “Muslim” Ban
The United States is a country based on a certain set of values, and one of those values is the freedom of religion. On Friday, January 27, 2017 President Donald Trump signed an executive order that “banned nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for at least the next 90 days.” (CNN, 1) These seven Muslim-majority counties include Iraq, Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, and Sudan. The executive order indefinitely suspends Syrian refugees, even the ones who were granted legal visas. It also suspends the relocation of all refugees for the next 120 days. This executive order bans millions…show more content… The executive order also infringes upon the Immigration and Nationality Act. (Huffington Post, 2)
The Establishment Clause’s main focal point is “that one religious denomination cannot be officially preferred over another.” (Establishment Clause of the First Amendment) The executive order enforces an immigration ban from seven Muslim-majority countries. In addition to creating privileged treatment towards refugees, who categorize with ‘minority religions’ within their own country, pursuing asylum. Therefore, this means that the executive order’s objective is to concentrate on Christians in search of asylum rather than Muslims. Although the executive order does not deliberately disregard Muslims, it does prohibit entry to people living in Muslim-majority countries.
The Due Process Clause “forbids the government from depriving an individual of life, liberty or property without due process of law.” (Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment) By law, the United States government is required to listen to the asylum claims made by non-United States citizens who reach the United States’ points of entry. The Immigration and Nationality Act specifies, “Any alien who is physically present in the US or