This past Friday afternoon President Donald Trump signed an executive order that suspended entry of all refugees to the United States for 120 days, blocked entry into the U.S. for 90 days to citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries and stopped all Syrian refugees form entering indefinitely. Those seven countries are Iraq, Iran, Libya, Sudan, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. The executive order also barred certain green card holders of those seven countries from re-entering the U.S.
Joseph R. Murray, II is a civil rights attorney and founder of LGBTrump, he said that the move by the president is legal and the right thing to do.
“He’s [Trump] taking common sense steps, saying “hey look”, the’re are some really bad folks, who hold some really harmful views, that we want to try and make sure don’t get into this country. That, not only protects LGBT Americans, that, protects every American,”
Not all are in agreeance. The American Civil Liberties Union along with many Democrats have spoken out against the presidents decision.
Bobby Moak is a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives and Chairmen of the Mississippi Democratic Party. He said that he sympathizes with peoples fear of being attacked, but questioned the legality of the order.
“People want to be safe, they want to make sure bad guys aren’t coming into the county,” said Moak. “I can understand issuing an order, but the order needs to be constitutional and it needs to be well thought out and it needs to be carried out properly.”
So far, no ruling against the legality of the presidents order have been made. The actions brought up and won by the ACLU were regarding the detention of individuals in airports.
Chairmen Moak sympathized with how a president could be influenced into making such a decision, but also speculated that the decision may have been rushed.
“It may be in the purview of the president to do some of these things but it evidently was not well thought out, or it was not well carried out,” said Moak.
Murry, the civil rights attorney and conservative LGBT advocate believes that the country is in the middle of a fight and that the executive order given by the president was necessary.
“We’re recognizing that we are at war, with a radical faith, that does not want to compromise with us. It wants to see us eradicated, and we have to take the steps necessary, like we did in World War II and many other times before, to contain this threat,” said Murry.
The civil rights attorney also argued that peoples dislike of the executive order has less to do with their personal beliefs on immigration policy and more to do with their distaste of Donald Trump.