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Opinion: Trump’s Plans to Counter Terrorism Not The Best Route

Gable Thompson, Contributor

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New York citizens were gripped with terror when a Home Depot rental truck was driven through a bike path, killing eight civilians and injuring 11 more.

The culprit’s name is Sayfullo Saipov. He was born in Uzbekistan and came to the United States via the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. The program was established in 1990 with bipartisan support and signed into effect by President George W. Bush. The program was originally put in place to get immigrants from countries with the lowest immigration rates. Around 100,000 people gained permanent residence in the United States because of this program.

Recently the program has come under fire from President Donald Trump. Trump is asking for the program to be scrapped and instead be replaced with a merit based immigration system called “Extreme Vetting”, but I don’t think that this is the best solution to terrorism.  

Trump’s plan for taking down the program wouldn’t be effective for fighting terrorism because only one in 350,000 people who came to the United States through this program have been accused of taking part in a terrorist attack.

A better way to fight terrorism would be to increase the federal counter-terrorism budget which covers domestic and foreign surveillance of terrorist organizations. Recently Trump has proposed cutting the counter-terrorism budget by more than $300 million. He is cutting the budget in order to increase the military budget. This seems like a poor decision especially since we have had three terrorist attacks in the last six weeks. After the wake of Las Vegas, New York and Texas, we need to put more money into counter-terrorism, instead of cutting the budget.

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Gable Thompson, Editor

My name is Gable "The Atomic Flounder" Thompson. This is my second year writing for the Rambler. I'm 17 years young and I spend most nights working on...

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