Trump’s new immigration policy has upset a lot of people. While criticisms from the ACLU and Democrats around the country have been well documented, it turns out the nice folks at the NBA are also outraged over Trump’s travel ban.
For those who aren’t aware: the executive order bars entry to the US for non-citizens traveling from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Yemen and Somalia, and it’s also affected dual citizens who happen to be traveling on their foreign passports. Many people have now been detained at customs, leading to “airport protests
” all around the United States. Though the President claims his new policy is not a “Muslim ban”
, it only targets people from Muslim-majority nations, described as “countries of concern”.
Muslims around the globe are understandably offended by the decision. As former Chicago Bulls’ center and long-time NBA journeyman Nazr Mohammed
told Twitter: “It’s a tough day when u find out that so many ppl that u thought were fans or friends really hate u and everything u believe in.”
Luol Deng and Thon Maker are also uniquely affected by the order, as both come from the region now known as South Sudan
, and league officials fear they could have problems traveling to games outside the country. NBA spokesman Mike Bass released this statement
“We have reached out to the State Department and are in the process of gathering information to understand how this executive order would apply to players in our league who are from one of the impacted countries. The NBA is a global league and we are proud to attract the very best players from around the world.”
There was some immediate concern that Maker might not be allowed back into the country following a recent game against Toronto, but he has since admitted along with the rest of the Milwaukee team. Bucks senior vice president Alexander Lasry told reporters
: “He’s back, but we have to pray for those who aren’t as lucky. This is a massive problem and not who we are as a country.”
Many commentators are speculating that the travel ban may violate the First Amendment’s “Establishment Clause,” and portions of the order have already been halted because they could violate individuals’ right to due process and equal protection.