The Side Of Trump's Travel Restrictions You Haven't Heard

The Side Of Trump's Travel Restrictions You Haven't Heard

President Trump's executive order restricting travel to the United States has sent shockwaves throughout the global sports landscape, affecting everything from world weightlifting competitions to the Olympics.
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Late last week, President Donald Trump signed an executive order restricting citizens of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen – seven majority-Muslim nations – from entering the United States for 90 days. The order also bars all refugees for 120 days, and Syrian refugees indefinitely. According to President Trump, the order is intended to keep our country safe from radical Islamic terrorists while he reviews the vetting process that refugees presently must undergo to gain entry into our country.

Regardless of your view on this matter, it has sent shockwaves through the world of sports, with athletes of all colors and creeds voicing their discontent. While, rightfully so, little attention has been paid to the potential impacts the executive order may have on the global sports landscape, sour relations that have and will continue to develop between the United States and other nations as a result of the order have left sports pundits unsure of the potential fallout. Nevertheless, even in the days following the signing of the order, complications have arisen and concerns have been voiced.

Over the past few days, the NBA’s legal team has been busy trying to determine how Milwaukee Bucks’ forward Thon Maker and Los Angeles Lakers’ forward Luol Deng, both born in Sudan, will be affected by President Trump’s order. Although both Maker and Deng were born in Wau, a city that is now part of independent South Sudan, and hold dual citizenship in Australia and Great Britain respectively, there was initial doubt as to their status under the order. While it appears as if dual nationals are safe, this by no means puts an end to the NBA’s dealings with the order.

Each year during All-Star Weekend, the NBA holds its annual Basketball Without Borders camp, which brings some of the top young players from across the globe to the United States to meet and be coached by NBA talent. While the NBA has not yet released the invitation list for this year’s camp in New Orleans, past camps have included players from the seven nations directly affected by the executive order, leaving potential cause for concern.

Even more pressing than the logistics of this year’s Basketball Without Borders camp are those surrounding the World Cup wrestling competition scheduled for February 8 in Iran. The United States’ freestyle wrestling team is supposed to compete, but Iran’s ban of United States citizens in the wake of the executive order has put our country’s participation in doubt.

As it pertains to sports, Trump’s executive order is especially ill-timed when you consider that the United States is currently making strong pushes to host two of the world’s biggest sporting events, the 2024 Summer Olympics and the 2026 World Cup of soccer. While both events are far off, the bidding processes are underway, and both International Olympic Committee and FIFA, soccer’s international governing body, are concerned about how foreign athletes will fare in a nation that voted for a president with a long history of talking down upon women, Muslims, and Latinos, among other groups. That being said, the United States’ chances of securing the 2026 World Cup are further complicated by the fact that United States and Mexico were supposed to place a joint bid to host the event, which has been cast into doubt in recent months given President Trump’s threats to build a wall across the Mexican border.

Although deeply problematic in their own right, the above cases are far from the only sports-related complications following President Trump’s order. Major League Soccer, United States Track & Field, and United States Weightlifting, just to name a few, are also scratching their heads when it comes to ensuring the safety of their athletes and those of other countries in international competitions in the coming weeks and months. With the number of foreign athletes either training or competing in the United States at a record high, few sports entities are truly exempt from having to respond to the executive order in some form or fashion.

Sports have for a long time been considered a haven, an outlet people could use to escape the stresses of daily life. In recent years, however, sports have become more and more intertwined with politics, with athletes, coaches, owners, and fans using the tools afforded by sports to speak out on countless matters. While I commend figures like Gregg Popovich and Dale Earnhardt Jr. for condemning President Trump’s executive order on immigration, this should not be an issue in the first place. If a man or woman who has dedicated his or her entire life to mastering a craft cannot come to our country to showcase his or her talents today, tomorrow, or the next day because of where he or she is from – or what he or she believes in, depending on how you view the issue – how far have we strayed from our nation’s core values of diversity, inclusion, and equality?

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.
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Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.


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The Crimes And Misdemeanors Of A Sitting President

Whether you agree with Nancy Pelosi, regarding impeachment or not, the question each American should ask is: Can this nation survive any more division?

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Whether you agree with Nancy Pelosi, regarding impeachment or not, the question each American should ask is; can this nation survive any more division? Is Nancy correct in her comment, "He's just not worth it?" Impeachment should not be used as a political tool to remove an unwanted government official out of office. Its purpose is to bring charges against a government official and once the official is impeached then the legislative body can impose judgment which could ultimately remove the official from office.

Moreover, in the past, this country has impeached two sitting presidents and neither ended with his removal. According to www.merriam-webster.com, the definition of impeaching is "(a) to charge with a crime or misdemeanor, specifically: to charge a public official before a competent tribunal with misconduct in office. (b) to remove from office especially for misconduct, and (c) to bring an accusation against."

So how many cases of impeachment has the United States experienced with sitting presidents? According to www.History.com, eight U.S. presidents have faced impeachment, but with very different results. John Tyler was the first president to face impeachment proceedings in 1843. Representative John Botts of Virginia filed claimed Tyler conduct of the U.S. Treasury although the House of Representatives voted Botts' claim down.

Andrew Johnson was the second sitting president to have impeachment proceedings filed against him. In 1868 President Johnson dismissed Secretary of War Edwin Stanton and according to Congress, the president violated the Tenure of Office Act. Even though Johnson was impeached the Senate would not confirm his removal from office and he finished his term.

With the exception of Grover Cleveland, the twentieth century gave way for many calls for impeachment beginning with Herbert Hoover, Harry Truman, Ronald Reagan, and ending with George H.W. Bush. None of these presidents were subjected to the process as the claims never had the votes to call for a hearing on the committees.

There were three articles of impeachment against Richard Nixon, however, he resigned in 1974 before any of the proceedings could take place. In 1998 Bill Clinton was impeached over allegations of perjury and obstruction of justice relating to the Monica Lewinsky case. In Clinton's case, the Senate acquitted, and he finished his term in office just like Andrew Johnson.

President Trump is under scrutiny for some of the very reason's other presidents have had impeachment proceedings. He has proven to most American's that he is a danger to our democracy. Trump has snubbed his nose at the foreign emolument clause, creating an open way for foreign powers to pressure our president to stray from his constitutional obligation to the United States. The firing of the FBI Director James Comey and fulling admitting on national television to Lester Holt that he did because of "this Russia thing." This is "obstruction of justice," and other presidents have been charged with this article of impeachment. However, Nixon resigned, and Clinton was acquitted.

So why is he not worth it? First the truth, he won the election. Unless there is proven evidence that he colluded with the Russians to rig the 2016 presidential election reversing this fact will drive this new faction of voters back to the polls to elect another under-qualified candidate. In addition, the Republican Party will use the impeachment as a platform in the upcoming election. Citing the Democrats stole the White House from them.

Second, is the nation ready for even one year of Mike Pence as president? His record as Governor of Indiana is the only evidence needed. He banned Syrian refugees, he reinstated mandatory minimum sentences and authored a bill to defund Planned Parenthood. He doesn't take to Twitter, has the political knowledge, and is waiting his turn to strike like an incurable virus.

Third and even more disturbing is the Republican Party and their efforts to gloss over his crimes and misdemeanors and cite the economy, and jobs. Many won't vote against Trump because of his base; cannot afford to have to explain their decisions to his base voters in 2020. Most fear they will have to go through a primary. Even though if they removed Trump and put Pence in his place they could have during their two-year reign and most American's civil liberties would be a thing of the past.

The voters gave their voice in 2018 and Congress is working, unlike the previous Congress. They have a lot of work to do and spinning their wheels debating the crimes and misdemeanors of the sitting president is counter-productive. History will repeat itself and he will be acquitted.

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