He might be the most controversial President in the history of the White House. Not even 200 days in his first term, President Donald Trump’s decisions in office have changed people’s lives.
One of his first executive orders, Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States, suspended the entry of immigrants from seven Muslim countries: Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Yemen and Somalia.
A federal appeals court blocked President Trump’s ban on six of the seven Muslim-majority countries targeted in the order. President Trump plans to appeal to the Supreme Court to enforce the policy on all seven nations. When Trump first proposed the ban in January it created an uproar and uncertainty.
“People, the lawyers and the courts, can call it whatever they want, but I am calling it what we need and what it is, a TRAVEL BAN,” Trump said in a Tweet.
Two Federal judges, Derrick Watson and Theodore D. Chuang, later overrode the travel ban because they thought it would threaten the United States’ relationships with foreign countries.
In Tuscaloosa, people have various reactions to Trump’s actions. Some agree with some of his immigration laws, like Janelle Lawrence, a UA junior and creative media major.
“We need to make sure everyone here in the United States is safe and secure … American lives come first,” she said.
Other people think of it as a overall political strategy on how he got his votes during the election.
“I think he believes banning those six or seven countries will help his presidency,” said Joseph Smith, a professor of political science at the University of Alabama. “It will play well with his political supporters on what he said he would do.”
University of Alabama student Christina Jones took a stronger stance and expressed her concern for those in need.
“I think it’s not fair, especially if they did have a visa. A lot of people come here for work so he is preventing someone from providing for their family,” Jones said.