Trump is facing another hit on his immigration ban which restricts Muslims from seven different countries from entering the United States. The latest realization: half of the nations on the list are African. Countries such as Libya, Somalia, and Sudan continue to struggle with civil unrest, war, and atrocities, causing millions to flee their homelands for a safer life. So how does this recent ban affect those living in said areas? How does the African-American population view the ban that apparently focuses strongly on Africa? For some, it has yet to affect them, as Nisrin Elamin, a Sudan student told the VOA, “My experience pales in comparison to the vast majority hit by this order: the people who were sent back,” she said in a written statement to VOA. “To me, this is a misguided policy targeting people from countries like my own, Sudan, where people are fleeing injustice, war, and persecution.” Elamin was detained, patted down and held for a brief time before being released. For others, it’s been a complete slap in the face removing all hope of them finding a better life.
Trump continues to face opposition across the nation and not just from citizens, but from Congress, the judicial system and national security. According to sources, ten former US National Security and Foreign officials have filed a declaration indicating that the ban serves no national security purpose. Bob Ferguson, Washington State’s Attorney-General, told the press, “We have a checks and balance system in our country, and the president does not have totally unfettered discretion to make executive orders as he chooses.” In the most controversial move of a president in recent years, Trump has gained both support and opposition in the act. While it’s still unclear how much the order will affect the African countries listed on the ban, or if the ban will be “legally” blocked, those who looked to the United States as the “land of the free” are now forced to seek refuge elsewhere.