President Donald Trump’s executive order from last week was certainly a controversial one. The decision to temporarily shut down immigration from seven majority Muslim countries has been met with significant resistance, especially since the original suspension took place immediately upon the passage of the order and did not exempt green card members.
Trump’s executive order temporarily banned entrance from those coming from: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. As has been noted, this list was complied by the Obama Administration, however the list was clearly not regarding nations where entrance should be banned from.
Much of the resistance to the actions have been regarding the specific nations included on the list. As it is believed that no acts of terror have been carried out from individuals from any of these nations in the United States. However nations which do have a record of producing many terrorists, like Saudi Arabia were not included.
Other countries in the region appear to now be fearful that their citizens may be subject to similar regulations by the United States moving forward. On Monday, Pakistan took action to begin cracking down on terror groups in their own nation.
A prominent Islamist cleric Hafiz Saeed was arrested suddenly at his home on Monday, just days after Trump’s order. Protests were sparked in Pakistan in response to the arrest, as some believe this was a politically motivated arrest and was only undertaken to side with President Trump and the United States.
Pressure had been mounting on Pakistan to take action against Saeed, or else the United States would respond, potentially by imposing sanctions or taking other actions. Obviously the decision making process within the Trump Administration is not public, however it will be interesting to see if this type of crackdown will be accepted as a trade off in exchange for better relations with America moving forward.
As it can be expected that nations would not like to see their inclusion on a travel ban now or moving forward, there certainly is a clear incentive to appease the United States government by doing what is possible to stop radical terrorists in the region.
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(h/t Boston Globe)