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The ‘Travel Ban’: We Need To Fight A War Of Ideas

  • Nigel Lokai
  • Feb 9, 2017 4:45PM

Let me start off by saying that whether you consider yourself left-wing or right-wing politically, you’re probably going to hate this article. I wanted to talk about something that has really been bothering me lately, and although it has been covered to death, I’ve still only seen a handful of people cover the core issues of it fairly.

You guessed it,  Trump’s “Travel Ban” executive order.

We’ve already covered this more than a couple of times here, here, and also here, and although I agree with various parts of all of these articles, this is an issue that is still causing a large amount of confusion and hostility containing almost none of the nuance I think this topic deserves. My goal isn't to rehash the discussion on all the finer points of the executive order, rather I wanted to talk about where I think it's lacking, and why I ultimately don't think it is effective.

Here is a great summary from Dave Rubin if you are interested, I think he hit the nail right on the head.

Not to oversimplify, but the loudest voices in the room on this subject seem to be espousing one of two viewpoints:

  1. That the travel ban is an unconstitutional document based on racist a xenophobic ideas, and that all cause for concern about Muslim immigration is baseless and hateful.
  2. That short of the ban not going far enough, it is the best thing ever to have happened in America, and we shouldn’t stop until every Muslim has been booted from the country.