Independent Journal Review recently asked Muslim-Americans how they felt about President Trump’s recent executive order on refugees in light of the protests that have begun popping up across the nation these past few days.
The question was posed largely due to the media’s referring to the EO as a “muslim ban” when it is—quite simply—not a muslim ban.
Here’s what some of them said (via IJR):
“If these people really wanted to make a difference, they can become mommies and daddies in refugee camps in Syria or Iraq. Spend time with the people who truly are in need of help.” – Jay Smith
“It’s not a Muslim ban. If it was really a Muslim ban, he would have banned immigration from Indonesia, the country with the highest population of Muslims. The seven countries listed were in Obama’s Terrorist Travel Prevention Act. The protesters are not concerned. If so, we would have see them protesting Obama’s drone strikes and Obama making it more difficult for some Muslims to make it into this country.” – Karim Elsayed
“First of all, it’s not a Muslim ban. And I think that the policy that’s been put into action, should have been in place during the Obama administration. If anything, it’s time to put Americans first in this country. The protests are ridiculous. They aren’t accomplishing anything. These people are just trying to cause a scene. They are not there with a purpose.” – Jazi Ray
“As long as they’re not violent, I don’t care about people protesting. Protest all you want. These protests are stupid, though. It’s hypocritical that they didn’t protest all of Obama’s action in the Middle East. I was concerned for a moment because there wasn’t a provision for green card holders, but that was later fixed.” – U.S. Army Veteran Mohammad Shaker
Important perspectives during a contentious time.