Mr. Trump gave an entire religious group a big fat F— you with the signing of the executive order that initiated the muslim ban. For the first time in my life I am beginning to feel fear from government policy. I am an immigrant now naturalized and I am fearful that if this president continues with his discriminatory policies all Immigrants from across the world may end up being the victims of this policy.
When I started this column, the travel ban was initiated and caused chaos at airports in the United States and other countries. Immediately, years of diplomatic relationships seemed to slip away. Although, this ban does not name any islands from the Caribbean, the policy could inadvertently cause inconvenience for members of our society who are practicing muslims.
On many occasions, the Trump Administration claimed, the policy is not a muslim ban, however the basis for the ban was rooted in then Candidate Trumps commentary from the campaign that called for a complete shut down all muslims entering the United States, which is hard to see it as anything else than a muslim ban.
According to an article published in 2006, the socio-demograhic muslim population in the Caribbean is roughly 300,000, and majority are in the English and Dutch speaking islands. Muslims from several areas of the world settled in these regions as medical students, traders and media personalities. The population increased since the Caribbean Islamic Secretariat was setup in 1988 to carry out the efforts of progating Islam, Islamic literature distribution, provision of Islamic education and catering to economic development.
Muslims in the Caribbean like most across the world condemns radical islamic terrorism and want to be free to practice their religion like any other religion, therefore the American travel ban is percieved as an attack on religious freedom which is a contradiction to the ideals rooted in American history. Muslim citizens of the Caribbean should follow the case now being challenged at the Supreme Court for violating the First Amendment’s ban on government establishment of religion and that it “drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination.
IslamWeb. September 25, 2006. Muslims in the Caribbean. Retrieved on September 4, 2017, from http://www.islamweb.net/en/article/136012/muslims-in-the-caribbean
NY Times Editorial Board. June 26, 2017. The Travel Ban at the Supreme Court. Retrieved on September 4, 2017, from https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/26/opinion/travel-ban-supreme-court-trump.html?mcubz=1.