Making America great again

A nation founded by immigrants, each of whom had begun life anew, on an equal footing now shut its doors to refugees fleeing war-torn Syria and suspended entry from seven Muslim-majority nations in the name of national interest and security. Many questions have arisen about Trump during the election campaign-about his platform, his knowledge of issues, his inflammatory language, and his level of comfort with political violence. The executive order was consistent with his pledge during the campaign to stop immigration from many Muslim-majority countries, particularly those he loosely defined as historically prone to terrorism.

But for many it is hard to find any real basis for this action as there has not been a single terrorism-related death caused by foreign operatives coming into the country since 9/11. The culprits of recent deadly terror attacks in America aren’t linked to the countries singled out by Trump’s executive order. From Omar Mateen, the man responsible for the Orlando nightclub shooting, the deadliest terror attack in the U.S. since the Sept. 11 attacks was born in New York to Afghan parents. Syed Rizwan Farook, who took part in the December 2015 San Bernardino attack, was born in Chicago. The brothers who bombed the Boston Marathon were ethnic Chechens who had been living in the U.S.A for long. All these killings have been the work of American citizens and permanent residents without any overseas connections or contacts.

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