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.

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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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.

The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:

“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:


When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:

"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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Everything You Need To Know About The New Abortion Ban In Several States

DISCLAIMER: the following does not include any of my personal beliefs/opinions.


Abortion has and will always be a controversial and very sensitive topic for all genders. The following article delves into the details about the Alabama abortion ban that was signed to be a law which, if it passes, will be in effect January 2020 and briefly touches on the Georgia Heartbeat Bill.

Roe v. Wade (1973)

In 1973, Roe v. Wade 410 was passed in the U.S. by the Supreme Court. In short, this ruled that the Due Process Clause along with the 14th Amendment in the Constitution would work to give pregnant women the choice to choose whether or not they wanted an abortion AND should coincide with the government's personal agenda to protect the health of all who is involved. What I mean by this is that the Supreme Court decided during the second trimester of a pregnancy, abortions would be allowed. But, if it is the third trimester, abortion is to be prohibited unless the health of the mother is in danger. This law catapulted the abortion debate which is still going on today.

Abortion vs. Alabama

Alabama's governor, Kay Ivey, signed off on a bill that will basically ban all abortions, including rape, incest, any abnormality, and if the mother's life is in danger on May 14, 2019 after acquiring approval from 25 Senators . This could be a problem considering that it very much contradicts Roe v. Wade (1973). To Ivey, the bill is a reflection of the values in which the citizens of Alabama believe: all life is precious and a gift from God.

Governor of the State of Alabama, Kay Ivey (pictured above).

The governor of Georgia also signed a bill to ban abortion after detecting the slightest heartbeat which is approximately around the six-week pregnancy period (around the time most women discover that they are pregnant). Another important take on this is that despite the rift and debate that is going on between Democrats and Republicans, most Republicans believe that Roe v. Wade will be overturned. This is looking more like a possibility considering most of the Supreme Court consists of people who support the Republican party. In short, the main idea is to ban abortion in all of the United States, not just in some states like it is currently. In regards to Alabama, the bill still has not been enacted into a law and could possibly encounter delay in the Supreme Court because, after all, this is a very debated topic. For now, abortion is still legal until January 2020 or when it becomes a law.

Conditions of the Abortion Law

The conditions of the abortion law explicitly states that abortion during any stage of a pregnancy is prohibited and if any medical professional aids in the practice/procedure of an abortion, they will face up to 99 years in prison. If an attempt is made to perform an abortion procedure, an individual can be sentenced to 10 years in prison. Women who successfully get an abortion or attempt to will be prosecuted as well. However, only those who provide another with an abortion will be punished in Alabama, not the one receiving the service.

No form of abortion is allowed including: rape, incest, life-threatening abnormality, or putting the life of the mother in danger.

Alabama expected to approve controversial abortion bill

Two Sides to the Debate

Although most Republicans support the law, the Democratic party has combatted the notion of it. Many opponents of the ban state that the restriction can put the lives of many in danger and affects women of color and those who are living in poverty heavily. ACLU and the Center for Reproductive Rights have also declared that they will sue. Many young people have also reached out to social media websites such as Twitter and Instagram to voice their opinions:

Tweets from individuals who are anti-abortion ban

Many celebrities have also stated their opinions on the matter. Rihanna stated in one of her Instagram posts, "Take a look," referring to a picture of 25 Senators in Alabama who approved the abortion bill, "These are the idiots making decisions for WOMEN in America. Governor Kay Ivey...SHAME ON YOU!!!"

Although both sides clearly have their opinions on the debate of pro-life/pro-choice, one thing we all can agree on is that this will be a long process that can make or break the lives of a lot of people in our nation.

Until next time,


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