The general ideology of the anti-Trump protesters is that President Trump is racist because he wants to ban all Muslims. This idea stems from his recent executive order that suspends the entry of immigrants from select countries. However, his executive order didn’t actually specify any countries as seen in a portion of the executive order below:
…I hereby proclaim that the immigrant and nonimmigrant entry into the United States of aliens from countries referred to in section 217(a)(12) of the INA, 8 U.S.C. 1187(a)(12), would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, and I hereby suspend entry into the United States, as immigrants and nonimmigrants, of such persons for 90 days from the date of this order.
Those sections required that anyone entering from those specified countries would undergo additional screenings. The law for these countries was actually put in place by former President Obama. So when people say President Trump is racist what they actually mean is former President Obama is racist for choosing those countries in the first place.
However, the Independent Journal Review decided to talk to a veteran from Iraq to see what he thought about the ban. Their choice was Sergeant Jay Strobino, a U.S. Army infantryman who was shot 13 times while serving his country.
When the IJR asked him what it was like to work in the streets with the Iraqi people, he responded with the following:
“There aren’t rules and there isn’t a system of loyalty in Iraq. One thing we did on my first tour was help with the vegetable, meat, and grain markets.
We had a certain set of rules established for the market. The meat needed to come from a certified butcher for health-related reasons.
That didn’t matter to many of the merchants, though. They slaughtered cows in the street. The beef could have been diseased, they didn’t care.
We constantly struggled with these merchants on a daily basis. They would yes you to death, but then you would leave. Later on that day or the next day, you’d be back because they butchered another cow.”
According to Strobino, the hardest part of serving in Iraq was not knowing who you could trust. One day you’d be fine to talk to someone, then the next day they could totally turn on you. Thankfully, Strobino fell in love with many of the Iraqi people as well. “I met a lot of wonderful people in Iraq as well,” Strobino said. “I’ve had tea with them. I’ve had meals with them.”
However, despite everything he’s been through, Strobino ended with an important word. “But the people who hated America or had no loyalty to anything were willing to do whatever to get ahead or hurt Americans. So It’s easy to understand the reason for the ‘extreme vetting,’ it will hopefully ultimately make our country a safer place for everyone.”
I want to personally thank Sergeant Strobino for his service and sacrifice to our country. Let him know how much you appreciate him in the comments below!