The order sparked protests nationwide and abroad after it was announced that the government had suspended travel from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.
Amal Khan, a junior biology major and co-president of TCU’s Muslim Student Association, questioned if the move was legal.
“I was shocked that it was implemented at all since it’s illegal,” he said. “Banning people based solely on religion is discriminatory and un-American. I can’t imagine the pain and suffering so many families are going through right now.”
Religion was not cited in the order as the reason for the ban. Former mayor of New York Rudy Guiliani spoke on FOX News defending the rationale of the order as focusing on “areas of the world that create danger for us.”
The order bans travelers coming from these countries until the Secretary of Homeland Security, the State Department, and the Director of National Intelligence determine that they are not a threat to the United States. The order says the visa-issuance process “plays a crucial role” in figuring out whether these people have ties to terrorism.
Trump cited the 9/11 attacks as a disaster caused by poor vetting.
“Perhaps in no instance was that more apparent than the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, when State Department policy prevented consular officers from properly scrutinizing the visa applications of several of the 19 foreign nationals who went on to murder nearly 3,000 Americans,” the president wrote.
None of the hijackers in the attacks, however, originated from countries listed in the travel ban.
Greg Carr, a junior nutrition sciences major and members of the Islamic Association of Tarrant County, thinks the Trump administration needs to adjust its focus.
“There is not a single fatal terrorist attack in the U.S. by an immigrant from those seven countries,” Carr said. “Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Egypt are exempt, yet these are the countries where the 9/11 hijackers were from. The intention seems to be more about pandering to an irrational fear of terrorism. For example, there have been 230,000 murders in the United States since 9/11, but only 123 deaths caused by Muslim extremists. I think we are distracted from the real issues here.”
Carr also spoke about promoting unity as he wants people in the community to meet Muslims and educate themselves about Islam. He recommended visiting the Masjid Al Ibrahimi, a religious center located on 4901 Diaz Ave. to learn more.
Some students have advertised a protest planned for Thursday afternoon at 12:00 p.m. where demonstrators will gather in front of Founder’s Statue for a march.
The event, according to professor Hanan Hammad, who organized the march, is meant to show solidarity with international students, minority communities, reject discrimination and to “demand policies that are compassionate towards the weak and the disadvantaged; towards the refugees, the immigrants, and the undocumented.”
Chancellor Victor Boschini released a statement Tuesday addressing the travel ban affirming TCU’s value of cultural diversity and its international students and faculty.
“Above all, I urge each of you to remember who we are at TCU: we are ALL members of the Horned Frog family,” he wrote. “We have a special culture here that we all must work to protect and nurture.”
He also reminded students and faculty that resources like TCU International Services (817)-257-7292 and Human Resources (817)-257-7790 are available to whoever needs them.