Following Trump’s announcement of a plan to suspend Muslim immigration to the U.S., a petition began circulating among Brits who wished to ban Trump from entering the United Kingdom. The concept of irony has been lost on these individuals.
The petition quickly garnered over half a million signatures – 100,000 being the threshold a petition needs to cross to mandate attention from Parliament.
Parliament realized the obvious – that if you’re going to denounce someone for wanting to ban entry into a country, it’s a tad hypocritical to then turn around and ban someone from entering your country. Their response, as quoted via Townhall, reads:
For good reasons the Government does not routinely comment on individual immigration and exclusion decisions.
The Home Secretary may exclude a non-European Economic Area national from the UK if she considers their presence in the UK to be non-conducive to the public good.
The Home Secretary has said that coming to the UK is a privilege and not a right and she will continue to use the powers available to prevent from entering the UK those who seek to harm our society and who do not share our basic values.
Exclusion powers are very serious and are not used lightly. The Home Secretary will use these powers when justified and based on all available evidence.
The Prime Minister has made clear that he completely disagrees with Donald Trump’s remarks. The Home Secretary has said that Donald Trump’s remarks in relation to Muslims are divisive, unhelpful and wrong.
The Government recognises the strength of feeling against the remarks and will continue to speak out against comments which have the potential to divide our communities, regardless of who makes them. We reject any attempts to create division and marginalisation amongst those we endeavour to protect.
As Townhall notes, had Trump been banned, he would’ve joined a list accompanied by other Americans including Martha Stewart, Edward Snowden, Busta Rhymes, and Shirley Phelps-Roper.
A more interesting note is that of all those banned from entering the UK, the majority are Muslim.
Gee, I wonder why?
[Note: This article was authored by The Analytical Economist]