Worldwide, people are protesting Donald Trump’s 90 day suspension that stops people from seven countries out of nearly 200 in the entire world. On social media, at award shows, in streets and airports, people are complaining about this executive order #MuslimBan, except it isn’t a Muslim ban at all.
Donald Trump has suspended travel for 90 days from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia and Libya.
Is this a Muslim ban? Not even close.
Only one of those countries, Iran, is in the top ten of the most populous Muslim countries.
Indonesia isn’t on the list, yet they’re nearly 90 percent Muslim and have more than 200 million people. Pakistan is 96 percent Muslim with 174 million people. All of them can travel to the U.S., as can those from India, Bangladesh, Egypt, Algeria and Morocco.
This is not a Muslim ban and no amount of yelling that it is will change that.
Many that want to flee to the West from Iraq and Syria are Christians and Yazidis facing genocide at the hands of ISIS. This ban applies to them yet they aren’t Muslim.
Watch as I take a look at the countries on the list and explain why they’re on it.
So is this Executive Order about banning Muslims or keeping America safe?
For those still saying this is a Muslim ban, please explain why Indonesia, Pakistan and all of those other countries with much larger Muslim populations aren’t on the list?
Trump’s plan at this point, is to lift the ban after 90 days when the vetting system for people coming from those countries has improved.
The same can’t be said for the 16 countries that ban Israeli passport holders from entering. Of the seven on Trump's list, six don’t allow Israelis to enter at all! Have you seen any marches, any rants from Hollywood stars over this? Nope. No claims of “Jew Ban”, no trending hashtag over that.
It gets worse though. I travel on a Canadian passport. Even though Canadians are loved around the world and our prime minister, Justin Trudeau, once again tweeted about how diversity is our strength, not everyone sees it that way. If I travel to Israel and then try to enter one of these countries, I'm likely to be denied entry if I’ve been to Israel.
And each of these countries requires a visa to enter which you have to apply for in advance, and they can turn you down for any reason they choose.
Some people seem to think we live in a world of open borders and free flowing travel and it’s only that mean, Donald Trump that wants to change that. But the reality is much more complex, like the fact that the U.S. is still likely to take in 50,000 refugees in 2017, which isn’t too far off President Obama’s average.
But that complicates the situation and doesn’t fit neatly on a sign and might kill the narrative.