Why folk of the 'Muslim ban' countries care less than the rest of us
US President Donald Trump’s ‘Muslim-ban’ has provoked worldwide condemnation, galvanising civil rights activists, political leaders and your average joe to protest on the streets and across social media. The executive order, which temporarily bans travellers from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US, has promoted unprecedented expressions of tolerance and acceptance of refugees and immigrants across the West.
Yet, while the world is up in arms over the implementation of ‘extreme vetting’ of visitors from these Muslim-majority countries, for most residents of the Middle East and North Africa this clamp down on freedom of movement is nothing new. While Trump’s ban has brought this discrimination to the forefront of political conversation, visa restrictions, ‘random’ airport screenings and intense interrogation have long been part and parcel of travelling as a Muslim. Here we take a look at why Trump’s clamp down on Arab travel has done little to faze many from the “Muslim ban” countries.