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Trump's Travel Ban Is Un-American and Unwise

It won't make the U.S. safer, let alone happier or more prosperous.
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Leave aside the moral, legal, economic, political and practical objections -- and it's quite a list -- and instead consider just the security implications of the executive order President Donald Trump issued late Friday: Will temporarily banning the entry of all refugees and nationals from seven countries make the U.S. safer?

Regrettably and emphatically, the answer is no. First, if the goal is "Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States," as the order is titled, then it would make sense to focus on countries from which terrorist attackers have entered. Of the seven countries on the administration’s list (Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen), only one (Somalia) comes close to fitting that bill. Meanwhile, several countries that do (Egypt, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia) don’t make the list.