When President Donald Trump signed his executive order on “extreme vetting,” the liberal media as well as many citizens started calling the order a “Muslim ban.” Protests broke out at airports all across the country and social media was abuzz with the trending hashtag, #MuslimBan.
The White House has maintained that this executive order was not a Muslim Ban as the major liberal media outlets have been reporting.
In fact, it appears that the liberal mainstream media never bothered to talk to these American Muslims, who had very interesting things to say about the executive order.
Jay Smith, who is a Muslim, was interviewed by the Independent Journal Review, and what she said should really open eyes as to how American patriots really feel about the executive order.
“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.” Smith said in response to the protests. “For years President (Barack) Obama bombed countries in the Middle East, and I didn’t see them protesting. It’s incredibly hypocritical to be doing what they’re doing now.”
She also said that because of America being the country it is, she never felt that her background held her back or caused her to be discriminated against. Even now.
“They cry racism. As a Muslim American, I’ve never missed any opportunities because of my ethnic background, religion, or skin color. I’d have just as much of a chance as any white American or any American in general,” she explained. “So has my family.”
She added that people should realize what freedom truly is, and that in America we are afforded much more freedom than other parts of the world: “I refuse to believe that I’m a minority as well. Here in America, everyone is granted the same chance at the American dream. The case would be different if I was in, say, Iraq or Syria.”
Karim Elsayed disagreed with the liberal media calling the executive order a “Muslim ban.”
“It’s not a Muslim ban,” he said. “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.”
He added that the protests were not about the travel ban at all.
“There isn’t an actual basis for these protests,” Elsayed argued. “It’s more political than anything else, pushing a narrative, and being upset that a Republican is in the White House.”
Another American Muslim, Jazi Ray, agreed.
“First of all, it’s not a Muslim ban,” she said. “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.”
U.S. Army veteran Mohammed Shaker said he didn’t mind the protests, but he also didn’t think they were effective.
“As long as they’re not violent, I don’t care about people protesting,” he said. “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,” Shaker added.
Then Shaker emphasized why extreme vetting is very important, using his own personal experience.
“I served in Iraq. I helped train Iraqi soldiers, and not everyone was trustworthy. I remember an Iraqi officer who was trying to get me to tell him where a sensitive location was. A lot of our equipment was in that location. He told me he would pay me if he could sell the equipment on the black market. There were complaints from soldiers that officers were taking weapons and equipment from us and selling it to … we don’t even know who.
“As a result,” he said, “they weren’t leaving enough weapons or equipment for their soldiers. So I could understand why there could be questions about where people’s loyalty lies.”
So if these Muslim Americans can see that this is not a Muslim ban, then why can’t the liberal media?
Oh, right –they can, but they won’t report it as such because it doesn’t fit their narrative.
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