It’s time to Break It Down!
This will be a short post.
Yesterday, Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov was taken into custody, having been suspected of committing what officials are calling a terrorist act. He is alleged to have used a rental pick-up truck as a harrowing killing tool. Saipov is believed to have plowed down the victims as they navigated a crowded bike path along the Hudson River in Manhattan. According to news reports, the suspect had handwritten notes pledging his loyalty to the Islamic State terror network.
Saipov is a 29-year-old native of Uzbekistan. The Uzbek national has been in the United States since 2010. He has a Green Card, entitling him to permanent residence. Records indicate he lived in Paterson, NJ, and in Tampa, FL, before moving to New Jersey.
Near the end of the attack, Saipov smashed into a school bus, jumped out of his truck and ran up and down the highway waving a pellet gun and paintball gun and shouting “Allahu akbar,” Arabic for “God is great.” He was shot in the abdomen by a police officer.
After being detained, the suspect was taken into custody by the New York Police Department. According to an ABC News report, Tuesday’s terror attack resulted in at least 8 deaths and 13 injuries. The attack produced what is being characterized as the deadliest terrorist attack in New York since September 11, 2001.
One of President Trump’s first initiatives was to attempt to issue a Muslim Travel Ban. The idea was bandied about as a top policy promise during his campaign, It was perhaps his second most well-known promise, following the Wall, which he lobbied for right out of the gate. There were 7 countries on the initial Muslim Travel Ban list. They were:
After an intra-administration debate, a few legal setbacks, and a torrid national discourse, the list was revised slightly as Iraq was removed. The 7-nation ban became a 6-nation ban.
The debate continued, as did the legal wrangling, and national conversation. On September 24, the administration revealed a revised 8-nation ban. One of the main upshots from this iteration was that two nations, Iraq and Sudan, were removed. The 8 nations cited in the current ban include:
The tenor of the national debate surrounding the travel ban focuses largely on the fundamental argument about whether emphasizing “the other” is the best and most desirable way to keep Americans, and by extension, America, safe. Donald Trump and his disciples contend that it is indeed the only way. A number of other national thought leaders, ranging from Barack Obama to John McCain, believe that it is not. Walls and bans, and the universal distrust that make those devices our tools of choice, will not make us safe.
Mr. Saipov is Exhibit A of that truth. While early accounts indicate he is an Islamic State sympathizer, his country of origin, Uzbekistan, is not included on any variation of the so-called Travel Ban. Moreover, even if it were, Saipov has been in the U.S. for over 7 years, and already has a Green Card, which means he can make America his permanent residence.
This bit of irony will not reshape the debate. Perhaps it should…but it certainly won’t. It may even cause the Trump Regime to once again reshuffle the Travel Ban. While that would be an unfortunate outcome, given the tendencies of this administration, it simply cannot be considered beyond the realm of possibility. One thing we know is that, Travel Ban, notwithstanding, yesterday there was in… “New York City: Terror on the Hudson!”
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