Trump’s Immigration Ban and Media’s Influence

Photo by: Spencer Platt/Getty

Over the past several days, the citizens of the United States and countries from all over are reacting to newly inaugurated President Donald Trump for his executive order temporarily barring individuals from seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the part of his ‘America First’ strategy.

Specifically on Jan. 27, Trump signed and enacted the order, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States.” The result is a 120-day visa ban that affects immigrants from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen that apparently disregards citizens and visa-holders from these areas. (The ban also bars immigrants from Syria from entering the U.S. indefinitely.)

Early Wednesday morning, Feb. 1, Trump tweeted his concerns over the backlash received by several nations abroad and from worried U.S. citizens over his ban. His main priority was addressing that the executive order was not a ban.

“Everybody is arguing whether or not it is a BAN. Call it what you want, it is about keeping bad people (with bad intentions) out of country!” Trump tweeted Wednesday morning.

White House press secretary Sean Spicer in a press release Tuesday urged the public to realize that the order does not constitute a ban, despite the fact that both Trump and Spicer have used the word “ban” several times since the signing. In Trump’s defense, Spicer claimed that the president was just “using the words the media is using” when referring to his order as a ban.

Over 2,000 Google employees united to protest against the ban. Photo:

This order has since been the cause of several protests and has been called out by several companies, celebrities and specifically technology companies. With the help of the media, companies such as Netflix, Facebook, Google and Apple all the way down to Starbucks have been speaking out.

“Trump’s actions are hurting Netflix employees around the world and are so un-American it pains us all,” Netflix CEO Reed Hastings wrote on Facebook. “Worse, these actions will make America less safe (through hatred and loss of allies) rather than more safe.”

In a memo to employees regarding the ban, Apple CEO Tim Cook  wrote, “It is not a policy we support.” Cook also expressed in an apparent reference to Steve Jobs, the company’s co-founder and son of a Syrian immigrant, “Apple would not exist without immigration, let alone thrive and innovate the way we do.”

While many Trump and ban supporters claim that the companies and people speaking out are not making a difference, in an article written by the Washington Post, reporter Chris Cillizza expressed Trump’s propensity to be affected by the media and base his responses from it. His tweet on Wednesday only served to confirm that.

“Trump has shown that his tendency to obsessively consume media — especially cable television — is unchanged … since he has become president,” writes the Washington Post. “He appears to be making policy decisions via things he watches or reads.”

Regardless, Trump’s ban seems to be a policy made to appeal to the hateful supporters in the country who have expressed their desires on social media. While these people have their temporary ban, several nations, citizens and people of authority are doing all they can to reverse it.


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