Efficient implementation requires good leadership


Mona Murhamer

Crowds gathered in the International Terminal’s arrival area and voiced their opinions through clever signs and posters.

Editorial Staff

Trump’s so-called “Muslim Ban” has led to nation-wide confusion.

In an executive order, put into effect on Jan. 27, President Donald Trump proclaimed that “the immigrant and nonimmigrant entry into the United States of aliens from countries referred to in section 217(a)(12) of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1187(a)(12), would be detrimental to the interests of the United States.”

Many of us have no idea what this section is or exactly which countries are being referred to. However, Trump makes no attempt to clarify this information.

As soon as the executive order was released, social media accounts went crazy trying to decipher just what it meant, and many of them came to the wrong conclusion.

This, of course, led to millions of people left in a state of confusion. Yet, Trump said nothing to explain himself.

Instead, it is left for the public to inquire that the countries affected by the 90-day immigration suspension are Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Libya, and Yemen.

This lack of clarity is not a fault of the executive order itself, but rather of Trump’s administration.

We should not accept this from our leader. After all, one of the main factors in Trump’s presidential victory was the downfall of his opponent, Hillary Clinton, due to a similar lack of clarity in her email records.

Many responded to the immigration suspension by protesting for its removal and the release of detainees in the nation’s largest airports, such as SFO and JFK. However, we should also be demanding clarity from our government.

A nation cannot be expected to follow orders that are unclear, especially when the order is restricting immigration in the United States, a country built by immigrants.

The United States provides its citizens with the right to protest if they feel the government is not protecting them. But, we can’t do this if we don’t understand the changes that our government is making.

We need clarity from our government and our president in order to do our part as American citizens and effectively protect our rights.

This editorial reflects the views of the Scot Scoop editorial board. This editorial was written by Brooke Chang.