Has Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ achieved anything? | The Stream

It’s been three years since President Donald Trump announced plans to ban citizens of five Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. The policy applies to citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, as well North Korea and Venezuela.

That ban may soon be extended to other countries, including possibly Nigeria, Sudan, Belarus, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, and Tanzania. Reaction to the potential move has ranged from shock to anger to bafflement.

Meanwhile, thousands of people continue to feel the impact of the current ban, which first took effect in early 2017.

Administration officials have hailed the ban as “profoundly successful,” insisting it has made the US safer and raised “the security baseline around the world.”

But detractors argue that imposing blanket bans has only hurt the US’s soft power and pushed some nations closer to Russia and China.

In this episode we ask, has Trump’s “Muslim ban” achieved anything?

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