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Student speaks out about the travel ban restrictions

Jessica Deegan, News Editor

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President Trump’s newly revised travel ban concerns former Madison College student Mohamud Ali, as new restrictions have been placed on eight foreign countries. While the previous ban, signed earlier this year, was limited to 90 days, the recent restrictions are indefinite.

Of the 16 countries with travel bans, foreigners from Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela and Yemen now face varied restrictions.

“Making America safe is my No. 1 priority. We will not admit those into our country we cannot safely vet,” President Trump tweeted following the release of travel ban specifics.

According to CNN news, the White House described the new restrictions to be a “critical step toward establishing an immigration system that protects Americans’ safety and security in an era of dangerous terrorism and transnational crime.”

While the previous ban officially expired Sunday, Sept. 24, the new prohibition will begin Oct. 18.

Travel from these particular countries will either be suspended or travelers will have to undergo enhanced screening and inspection requirements.

CNN Politics provides an example. According to the President’s new proclamation, “Foreign nationals from North Korea are banned, but a student from Iran will be allowed in, subject to enhanced screening and vetting requirements.”

However, no current valid issued green cards, visas or travel documents will be revoked.
While President Trump believes this ban to be strictly beneficial, Ali, a former Madison College student from Somalia thinks different.

Ali found the ban to be “marginalizing. The cultural, literature and economic aspects that the eight banned countries contribute to America are far greater than the ‘threat’ they impose.”

“When we first heard of the travel ban, we felt extremely humiliated and targeted. My family wasn’t directly affected; nonetheless, it was shocking news,” Ali said.

Ali moved to the United States with some of his family members in late 2008. A great number of his family members are still in Somalia including siblings and close relatives. Although his siblings do not plan on moving to the States, the ban was still demeaning to the Ali family.

Though his life in Egypt was wonderful, “jobs were very limited and there was no chance at naturalization,” Ali said.

He has been pursuing his “American dream,” but still expects to return home.

“It is my deepest desire to return to Somalia and I believe that is common within all Somalians. My plan is to finish graduate school and go back as soon as possible. I am grateful for living here, but I can only find sincere satisfaction in my homeland,” Ali said.

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