President Donald Trump’s executive order signed on Friday 27 January to curb immigration and entry of refugees and nationals from seven Muslim countries has created a chaotic situation at airports throughout the world.
The erratic move has been widely condemned both internationally as well as within the US by politicians, diplomats, judiciary, academics, artists and overwhelmingly, by the general public.
Ongoing widespread protests have taken place in world capitals and at US airports, where a large number of travellers entering US have been detained in spite of holding valid visas.
The immediate criticism of Trump’s move came from the Democrats on Friday. “Today’s executive order from President Trump is more about extreme xenophobia than extreme vetting,” said Democratic Senator Edward Markey.
Most Western leaders have condemned Trump’s order discriminatory against Muslims and unnecessary leading towards hardship for travellers and their families in and out of US.
Ironically, Australian Liberal government leaders have supported this “Muslim ban” with the Prime Minister refusing to comment on the issue.
Apart from Iran and Turkey, most other leaders of Muslim countries have kept mum as silent spectators.
The former US Ambassador to Australia, Jeffrey Bleich has issued an extraordinary statement attacking President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration and a passionate defence of refugees, warning that the “hottest places in hell” are reserved for those who “maintain neutrality” in times of “great moral crisis.”
Dozens of US diplomats around the world have formally criticised President Trump’s controversial immigration restrictions in a cable.
“That his “knee-jerk” restrictions will “sour relations” with the Muslim world and alienate countries that assist in the fight against terrorism.”
“The end result of this ban will not be a drop in terror attacks in the United States; rather, it will be a drop in international good will towards Americans and a threat towards our economy.”
It seems that this ban is creating division in the society inflaming passions, hate and Islamophobia leading to violence.
Last weekend a mosque was burned to the ground in Texas suspected as an Islamophobic attack. However the community has rallied behind Muslims to rebuild it collecting almost $600,000 overnight.
On Monday there was a terrorist attack on a mosque in Quebec, Canada where six people were killed and many more injured. The suspect gunman, a radicalised white supremacist French Canadian university student Alexander Bissonnette has been arrested by the Police.
Prime Minister Trudeau and Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard both characterised the attack as a terrorist act, which came amid heightened tensions worldwide over Trump’s “Muslim ban”.
“We condemn this terrorist attack on Muslims in a centre of worship and refuge,” PM Trudeau said in a statement.
Earlier Over the weekend, Mr Trudeau said Canada would welcome refugees refused entry to US by President Trump.