I don't exactly agree with the travel bans. I speak about the United States as a cultural melting pot in all of my posts, and I won't stop now. The travel ban is all around negative in terms of culture and knowledge. Promoting isolation is also promoting ignorance. Look at North Korea as an example. They probably know so little about the outside world because of their isolation. Yes, completely isolating the United States from foreign affairs may be extremely difficult, but each step is a small push towards the larger goal. Plus, I think that Trump's travel ban is mostly based on negative stereotypes about religions and cultures. The last thing we need is more fear.
As an American Muslim, these bans hurt. Seeing my country turn on my faith - due to the incorrect idea that "Islam is fundamentally against the West." I genuinely still believe these misconceptions wouldn't happen with decent education on my faith. Anyways, this ban solves nothing. It creates a hatred between these countries and us. To defeat ISIS and other terror groups, it is absolutely necessary to have good relations with the Middle East - to hopefully create a military coalition that will work together and eradicate these groups once and for all. Of course, it isn't that easy. But, good relations are a necessity. This ban does not help us in any way, shape, or form.
The United States has been taking advantage of the irrational fear developed by Americans following the unfortunate 9/11 attacks. Starting with the huge leap of lessening civil rights through the passage of the "Patriot Act" and now being carried on by a travel ban on 7 Muslim majority countries. According to Rep. Jerrold Nadler in an interview, "The various people who have, in fact, committed terrorist acts in this country, from 9/11 on, none of them came from any of the seven countries ..." The respected politician later on expanded on his statement by challenging the real goal of the President by questioning the absence of Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Turkey in the said Executive Order.
In our fight against terrorism, one of the most important issues is the promotion of extremism - when everyday people are corrupted by extremist ideologies. Trump's travel ban only works to the benefit of such ideologies, showing foreigners and Americans alike that we do not stand with the Islamic community and that we are as bad as we are made out to be. Regardless of this isolation we are placing on a community that we desperately need, the ban also targets irrelevant countries and leaves out ones that, in theory, should be on the list. This goes to show that the ban is just another way to secure certain holdings in the ME and appease our allies who we maybe shouldn't be allied with.
While the ban may be constitutional, and that remains a hotly debated topic, it is without a doubt that experts unanimously agree that the ban poses more of a threat to national security than actual protection. It comes down mainly to the fact that terrorist groups can easily use it as recrutiment tool to incite hatred towards the U.S. in the younger generatoin of muslim, whom, to note, are our key allies in fighting terrorism. Also to further note the ban excludes nations from countries which were homes to individuals who actually carried out attacks against the U.S. and includes countries that have had close to zero involvement with any attacks against the U.S.