Fact Checking Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration

 

When President Trump signed his Executive Order to ban citizens from 7 countries for 90 days from entering the United States, many online were quick to dub the ban a “Muslim ban.”

It prompted the hashtag #MuslimBan to trend worldwide for three days.

The fact is: nowhere in the actual text of the order is the word “Muslim” or even “Islam” ever used.

However, in an interview late last week President Trump said he will show favor and priority to Christian refugees.

“We are going to help them,” Trump tells CBN News Friday. “They’ve been horribly treated. Do you know if you were a Christian in Syria it was impossible, at least very tough to get into the United States?”

“If you were a Muslim you could come in, but if you were a Christian, it was almost impossible.”

The admission makes the administration’s claim of not targeting muslims harder to sell as all the 7 countries listed on the travel ban are majority Muslim.

Another fact: the Trump Administration didn’t select these countries out of the blue. The Obama Administration did.

Back in 2015, Obama compiled a list of countries his administration deemed “concerning,” putting travel restrictions on certain residents.

In most cases, residents from those countries needed to apply for a visa before traveling to the U.S. It’s a huge contrast to the complete ban of immigrants, non-immigrants and refugees that President Trump has implemented.

While debates and combative Facebook posts consumed our newsfeeds, a photo that caught fire was one that featured a New Jersey State trooper aboard a bus in South Jersey.

He’s seen with a clipboard, writing down names,

The Instagram user who initially posted the photo suggested the trooper was part of an immigration task force.

It turned out to be fake.

New Jersey State Police debunked the claim late Sunday, saying the trooper was putting together a standard crash report, not rounding up illegal immigrants.

The ride-hailing app Uber inadvertently became a trending topic and a punching bag amid protests at JFK Airport.

When unions representing cab drivers encouraged them to join protestors in solidarity, Uber continued to operate, minimizing the effects of the work stoppage. Critics quickly took note and accused the company of putting profit over striking workers.

Uber attempted to clear up the situation but the damage was already done. Thousands of users tweeted screengrabs showing them deleting the Uber app.

What’s fact in this case: Lyft – Uber’s direct competitor – also continued to operate during Saturday’s strike according to some users, but they stood silent.

It’s too early to tell if Lyft will reap of any benefits from the Uber fallout.

But the company has vowed to donate $1 million to the ACLU over the next four years.

Meanwhile Uber, which is still feeling the heat, announced plans to financially help any employees affected by the travel ban for lost earnings and legal fees.

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Author:Andrew Ramos

I'm a reporter in New York. I talk to people. We have a blast.

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