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Locals react to president’s ‘Muslim Ban’

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By Erin Hill

Millions are upset with President Donald Trump’s Executive Order temporarily halting travel from seven Muslim-majority countries.  
The order, which was issued Friday, Jan. 27, severely restricted for 90 days citizens from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya and Yemen from entering the U.S. on any visa category.  Additionally, for 120 days it also bars the entry of any refugee who is awaiting resettlement in the U.S., and prohibits all Syrian refugees entering the U.S. until further notice.
The order has triggered protests nationwide.
Newly elected U.S. Rep. Al Lawson issued a statement in response to the president’s order.  Lawson said it goes against everything the U.S. stands for.
“Keeping the American people safe from threats from abroad is very important to me but targeting an entire religion is completely misguided and irresponsible,” Lawson said.
Florida A&M University’s Interim President Larry Robinson, Ph.D. also issued a statement.
Robinson said as the university works to attain more information about the application and enforcement of the executive order, he encourages all faculty, staff and students from the seven listed countries to refrain from travel to those areas for the next 90 days.  He also encourages those planning to travel abroad during this period and thereafter, including spring break excursions, to consult with the FAMU Office of International Education and Development before leaving the
country. “There are approximately 200 international students within our campus community, and we are working to determine how they, as well as international faculty and staff, have been impacted by the executive order,” Robinson said.
Some Gadsden residents also disagree with the order.
“I think it stinks,” Robert Burns of Quincy said. “It’s an uninformed act with a lot of unintended consequences.”
He said the order is keeping people out who should be allowed in, such as U.S. citizens with green cards.  Burns also said some of the people responsible for enforcing the order were not trained, which caused confusion and delays at airports.  
“It’s unacceptable, and it will probably cost tax payers,” Burns said.
Linda Jones of Havana said she is all for protecting the country and is against terrorism, but she thinks there is a more humane way of preventing terrorism.”
“I’m from a military family, and I think we’re headed for war,” Jones said.
Some said they feel an executive order is a form of dictatorship.
“I feel like he overstepped his boundaries, in this country where everyone is free,” Natarisha Smith, a Chattahoochee resident said.
She said she thinks the ban opens the door for all kinds of discrimination.
“It makes me scared of what kind of retaliation other countries will come up with.”
Penelope Jones of Quincy said she  doesn’t believe Trump can be trusted.
“I think it’s absolutely ridiculous because all during his campaign he was saying he would ban Muslims, and now he’s saying it’s not a Muslim ban,” Jones said.
Jones said Muslims do not equal terrorists.  She also said there is good and bad in every race.
“He wants to be god of America, and he’s not,” Penelope said.  “If he’s king, issuing executive orders, then why do we have Congress and the Senate?”

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