Joseph Touma
Feb 7, 2017

The Ban: Ill-Informed, Poorly Executed

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Trump's most recent immigration ban was the fulfillment of one of his many campaign promises. It was poorly created and executed; there should have been more clarity and time for preparation.

Rachna Shah
Feb 8, 2017

I definitely agree with you on that. The ban interrupted so many lives and organizations all of a sudden, and has led to a lot of confusion because of the unilateral nature of the ban. I believe that a policy with such great consequences for the nation and the world should have been planned out more thoroughly and presented in advance, rather than occurring 'effective immediately'.

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