By Abigail-Lauren Meredith, News Editor –
Response to President Donald Trump’s recent immigration ban was swift, sparking
protests across the country and support from college administrators.
MCC President Nesbary sent an email to all students, faculty and staff, expressing the
administration’s support for “equity, diversity, and inclusion on campus along with a safe
The order barred admission into the U.S. from seven countries—Iraq, Iran, Libya,
Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen—for 90 days. There is a 120-day barred entry from anywhere
else in the world and an indefinite ban on refugees from Syria.
Within hours, people across the country were outraged and called the order a Muslim
ban. Protests surged in airports and college campuses around the nation demanding an end to
immigration ban, with some college administrators indicating that they would protect refugees
and immigrants despite Trump’s order.
The ban has been a topic of discussion in several classes, with students expressing their
position on the issue as well as frustration.
“I feel like the ban is increasing racial tension and xenophobia,’ said Brianna
MacPherson, sophomore. “It’s going to fuel the hate that is Trump’s point of view. Colleges
should protect the students.”
Freshman Kristian Wachter said, “I don’t think he has the right knowledge about these
people. He shouldn’t be making decisions based off paranoia.”
Others have publicly supported immigrants’ rights.
“I think he should leave them be,” said sophomore Charity Ellis. “It doesn’t bother me
that they come here. I think they should go through a process to get here, but they should still be
allowed to come.”
Trump addressed the interpretation of the ban as a ban on Muslims. He was quote in the
press as saying, “It’s not a Muslim ban. In the airports, it’s working out very nicely.”
Many disagree with the claim as hundreds of refugees and immigrants were forced to
wait in limbo at airports across the U.S.
The immigration ban faced backlash from politicians in both parties and on Feb. 3, U.S.
Federal District Judge James Robart issued a restraining order on Friday that immediately halted
the executive order nationwide.
On Feb. 9, the three federal judges of the Ninth Circuit Court voted unanimously to deny
the Department of Justice bid for emergency stay.
Many are divided on the immigration ban.
According to a sample poll by CBS News of 1,019 adults from various political beliefs,
51 percent of Americans polled disapprove of the ban, while 45 percent approve.
The poll found equal approval or disapproval rates consistent along party lines: 85
percent of Republicans approve while 85 percent of Democrats disapprove of the executive
The poll also showed that more than seven in 10 Americans do not believe there should
be a Muslim ban.
Featured Image: Valentine Fund-Raiser – The Student Government Association (SGA) offered a unique way to tell the world about love and raise money for the group at the same time. The valentines are displayed on the glass wall of the Student Activities Office. – Bay Window Photo.