Facts: Trump’s Muslim Ban Doesn’t Include Countries He Has a Business Interest In

Protesters gather at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on Jan. 28, 2017, in Dallas to denounce President Donald Trump’s executive order that bans certain immigration. (G. Morty Ortega/Getty Images)
Protesters gather at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on Jan. 28, 2017, in Dallas to denounce President Donald Trump’s executive order that bans certain immigration. (G. Morty Ortega/Getty Images)

The seven countries that President Donald Trump issued a ban against are predominantly Muslim countries in the Middle East and Africa. Christian refugees from those nations can expect to receive more favorable treatment than Muslims from those nations. The countries included in Friday’s executive order (stayed by a federal judge on Saturday) are Syria, Libya, Sudan, Iraq, Iran, Yemen and Somalia. These are facts.

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What is also a fact, according to Bloomberg Politics, is that Trump’s banned list doesn’t include majority-Muslim countries where the Trump Organization has done business or pursued potential deals, including the United Arab Emirates (golf courses) and Turkey (luxury towers).

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Curiously, the ban also does not include Saudi Arabia—a country at least indirectly linked to the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York City’s twin towers in 2001.

Many are trying to see the logic in the drastic and hastily executed action when it seems nonsensical from a security standpoint. In fact, the Cato Institute reports, “Foreigners from those seven [banned] nations have killed zero Americans in terrorist attacks on U.S. soil between 1975 and the end of 2015,” according to the New York Times.

Makes you wanna say, “Hmmm.” Yet here we are. At a place where the “why” may be more important than the “what.” #StayWoke.

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Read more at Bloomberg Politics and the New York Times.

Ms. Bronner Helm is the Senior Editorial Director at Colorlines. Mouthy Black Girl. Rosalynn Carter Mental Health Fellow. Shea Butter Feminist. Virgo Sun, Aries Moon.

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DISCUSSION

Trump called for extreme vetting, even though that’s what we do (NB- people are assigned to countries randomly) and he failed to ban people from the countries that have actually harmed us.

Yet, there’s some family in Paducah, Kentucky, is nodding approvingly because they’ll never learn about either of these tidbits.