UM Muslim students react to Trump’s travel ban

by Trenton Scaife and Alexandra Morrison

The effects of President Trump’s executive order, halting immigration from the seven Middle Eastern countries on is ban list are already being felt at home and abroad, halting Muslims at airport gates, and holding immigrants already in the US.  Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, and Sudan fall on the list.

On January 28, Iran foreign minister Javad Zarif stated that Receprical measures will be taken in response to the immigration ban.

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People implicated in terror attacks haven’t been traced back to the countries in President Trump’s ban list.  Radicalized Muslim terrorists have been traced back to Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, Russia and Kyrgyzstan, none of which are included in the ban.

“In none of these attacks were there any Iranians, but they just put us in that league,” Engineering student, Moones Alamooti said.

As an Iranian international student, Alamooti is directly affected by the ban, but more are her parents.  Alamooti’s parents planned to fly over to hear her proposal on February 2nd, but have since been barred from flying.  “The problem is that they said that after 90 days it can maybe be extended or not, so we’re not sure about that,” Alamooti said.  “At the same time I got the letter from the office of international programs saying that it’s not safe for me to go back to my country, so it seems that I have to stay here.”

For people who’s countries are not on the ban list, life goes on as usual at the University of Mississippi.  Exchange students, Aala Al-Kinda and Kadidja al Shereqi express that they feel safe with Oman being exempt from the ban.

Al-Kinda and  al Shereqi received Emails the day after the immigration ban was put into effect, warning them to keep their passports on hand wherever they go in the US.  Al Sherqi has also been assigned body guards to accompany her wherever she travels, but Al-Kinda is confident that life will go on as usual for her and other Omani students.

“I think if anything happens, our embassy will protect us,” Aala Al-Kinda said.

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