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Should the U.S. ban immigrants from predominantly Muslim countries?

President Trump is expected to sign an executive order which would restrict immigration from several predominantly Muslim countries. The Trump administration says immigration from these countries should be stopped until an "extreme vetting" process is created to ensure no terrorists sneak into the United States. Activists say placing restrictions only on those countries is just religious discrimination and would ultimately hurt the U.S. What do you think?

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There are many reasons why restricting immigration is a bad idea. But easily one of the biggest is that any ban would undermine counter-terrorism efforts and negatively impact how Americans are perceived around the globe.

The war on jihadi terrorists, like the Cold War, isn’t just about guns and bombs. It’s also a war of hearts and minds. What few Americans appreciate is that the jihadists aren’t only trying to kill us — they’re waging war on other Muslims, those who reject their views. And Washington’s biggest partners in this struggle aren’t the Europeans, it’s the people and governments of Muslim states who are fighting for their own lives against the extremists. This civil war within Islam offers us natural allies in our fight against the terrorists.

The exact nature of the restrictions remain unclear, but a ban on Muslim immigrants, or something akin to it is wholly unnecessary.

You’d hope, though, that the president would start by balancing the gains from such a policy against its disadvantages. And a Trump-style ban that aimed to prevent all and any Muslims from entering would cause far more problems than it solves. To be sure, a few terrorists might find it harder to get into the United States. But that’s a goal that can be achieved using the right application of tools we already have. (Is it worth mentioning that we’ve already spent hundreds of billions on preventing terrorist attacks inside the country since 9/11, and that we’ve by and large been pretty successful?)
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Conservatives say restricting immigration until a better approach is found is the only way to keep America safe. They point to Europe and say their immigration policy has led to higher incidents of crime and rape—but statistics do not support this allegation. Despite this, many think a Muslim ban is the best course of action. 

If Trump does issue such orders on Wednesday, they will go far to fulfill his campaign promise of a more sensible and secure approach to the Muslim migrant crisis.

“I think [German Chancellor Angela Merkel] made one very catastrophic mistake and that was taking all of these illegals [sic], you know taking all of the people from wherever they come from. And nobody even knows where they come from,” Trump said in an interview with the Times of London last week.

Merkel has been widely criticized for her approach to the Muslim migrant crisis, the crux of which was to throw open the gates and say "Vome  [sic] in!" Germany and other countries in Europe are seeing shocking increases in violent crimes, rapes, and Islamic terrorist activity as a result.

Trump is clearly taking the opposite approach.
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