The Logistics of President Trump’s Muslim Ban

By Gabrielle Seunagal
 
In recent news, the Department of Homeland Security announced restrictions on persons from several countries with a Muslim majority population. Jordan, Turkey, Egypt, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates have been commanded by the DHS to place all electronic devices that are larger than a cell phone into checked baggage when departing towards America. Some news outlets are dubbing this protocol as the “Muslim laptop ban.” The constraint engendered criticism from people who perceive it as discriminatory to Muslims, while capturing support from others who view it as a necessary safety precaution.
 
Although the specific timeframe for the restrictions is unclear, the enaction is predicted to commence within the next few weeks. Persons from the listed countries will not be prohibited from traveling with their laptops and other large electronics; they will merely have to place them into baggage claim. This precaution will prevent acts of terrorism and carnage from people who seek to harm the American people. One of the key ideologies of Islam is to conquer and dominate. Muslims are defined as people who follow the Islamic faith, therefore, precautionary measures are imperative. An old phrase is applicable to this particular circumstance: better safe than sorry.

 
The new directive is not an offshoot of xenophobia or hatred towards Muslims, but rather a conducted consensus of American Intelligence officials proving that terrorists from the Islamic State and Al Qaeda are becoming more persistent in their attempts to illegally import explosive devices via electronic machines such as laptops, tablets, printers, etc. The President has a duty to shield this nation from foreign (and domestic) threats. As of now, this means enhancing security measures from countries that may pose a security risk, even if that hurts some people’s feelings. Discontentment is preferable to lost lives that could have been saved by partaking in the proper course of action.

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