Biden vows travel ban lifted day one; wants Islam taught in schools
Joe Biden promised that the very first thing he’d do if elected as president is lift the travel ban that President Trump imposed on selected countries that pose a national security threat to the U.S.
“Donald Trump has fanned the flames of hate in this country across the board through his words, his policies, his appointments, his deeds, and he continues to fan those flames,” Biden said of the travel ban, according to the Hill.
Biden made his comments to Emgage Action, the largest Muslim political group in the U.S., on a virtual summit arranged with controversial Muslim activists Linda Sarsour.
“I will end the Muslim ban on day one. Day one,” Biden told the virtual attendees.
Although the ban includes a disproportionate number of Muslim majority countries, the ban also includes North Korea, Venezuela and Nicaragua. The other countries included in the ban are: Eritrea, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Myanmar, Nigeria, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania and Yemen, most of which are engaged in bloody civil wars.
Visas, under the Trump order, are issued to applicants from the banned countries only on a case-by-case basis.
The Supreme Court has subsequently upheld the Trump travel ban as Constitutional.
“Writing for the majority,” reports the New York Times, “Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. said that Mr. Trump had ample statutory authority to make national security judgments in the realm of immigration.”
The Trump campaign countered Biden’s rhetoric saying that President Trump better understands how to protect the religious beliefs of all Americans, including those who are Muslim.
“President Trump understands that our faith is what unites us as a nation,” said Courtney Parella, a campaign spokeswoman according to USA Today. “He has and will continue to staunchly defend religious freedoms for all Americans.”
Biden also told the Muslim audience that he wished the country’s schools did more to teach about Islamic faith.
“I wish we taught more in our schools about the Islamic faith. I wish we talked about all the great confessional faiths. It’s one of the great confessional faiths,” said Biden.
That comes as surprise to most Americans as the Pew Research Center reports that in 2005 Biden said that separation of Church and State shouldn’t be messed with when it came to teaching Christianity in schools. He also voted against withholding federal funds from schools that deny students the right to pray.
But as a number of American Muslim leaders such as Congresswomen Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Congressman Andre Carson, (D-IN) said, in a joint letter urging Muslim support of Biden, what you are for isn’t as important as what you are against.
“Our number one goal is to remove Donald Trump from office.”
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