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“Extreme Vetting” of Refugees? 

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Last Friday, President Trump signed an executive order that temporarily closed the nation’s borders to refugees from around the world and to people from seven predominantly Muslim countries—Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. The order also indefinitely blocks Syrian refugees from entering the U.S. True to his campaign promises, Trump’s executive order is part of an extreme vetting plan to keep out what he has referred to as “radical Islamic terrorists.” Many Trump supporters applauded the move, saying they think it’ll make the nation safer. In reaction to Trump’s ban, protests swelled across the nation and abroad, and human rights activists condemned Trump’s actions. Federal judges in at least four states issued rulings to stop the government from sending back refugees and others with valid visas, but the fate of residents from these countries who wish to enter the U.S. remains unclear.


  1. Who are the people in the cartoon? How do you know? 
  2. Why is President Trump holding a net? What is ironic about his command to the refugees to “Jump through this hoop”? 
  3. What point might the cartoonist be trying to make? Do you agree or disagree? 
  4. Do you think Trump’s executive order banning refugees and citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries will make America safer? Explain. 
  5. Why do you think the U.S. has generally been accepting of immigrants throughout its history? Explain. 

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