On January 27, 2017, Donald Trump issued an Executive Order that banned immigrants from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. The reason for the ban was that refugees from these countries could do another terrorist attack like 9-11.
But will the ban work? And is this the most productive method to improve United State’s security and improving the lives of refugees?
Instead of using our resources for extra security for checking the backgrounds of refugees, the United States government should invest in the education of the Syrian refugees.
Ooo, thanks for asking. How kind of you?
Trumps argues that the ban will stop crimes like San Bernardino and Orlando. But both crimes were not done by refugees and refugees in America are not known for committing any sort of crime. United State’s State Department made a list of the ten cities that accepted the most refugees. Nine of the cities had their property and violent crime levels decline in the last ten years.
West Springfield, Massachusetts was the only city that crime increase in but the city is in a huge opioid-drug related crime hotbed even before the refugees came.
Even though most people would believe that only liberals would want to improve the school that the refugees are going to, some conservatives, like Betsy McCaughey, argued that the poor school systems that the refugees are going to are underequipped with the funds to teach the refugees. Yes, I know she is defending the Trump ban, but she does have a point, there could be schools systems that are not helping the refugee students. But banning the immigrants from seven countries will cost America way more than spending on poor public school districts.
The ban could cause colleges in the United States to lose a lot of money. College Factual reports that US colleges could lose $700 million dollars from international students that are coming from these seven countries. Also, colleges like Northeastern University, Texas A&M University, Pennsylvania State University, and the University of Southern California, who all enroll more students from the seven countries than the other schools in the USA, could lose $10 million each year. Robert Kelchen, an assistant professor of higher education at Seton Hall University describes these students as:
These tend to be people who earn quite a bit of money, come up with new innovations, and they tend to pay a lot of taxes.”
The refugees here must go to school and study. It is the only procedure to stop the war and for them to build back their country. Sansom Milton and Sultan Barakat both argue that:
“Higher education, when properly supported, acts as a catalyst for the recovery of war-torn countries in the Arab world, not only by supplying the skills and knowledge needed to reconstruct shattered economic and physical infrastructure, but also by supporting the restoration of collapsed governance systems and fostering social cohesion.”