After Donald Trump went completely off the rails, calling for what is essentially an American worldwide ban on Muslims, a petition was circulated through the United Kingdom. It seems our friends across the pond weren’t too fond of being told they would have to deny perfectly legal travel visas to citizens from not only their country but all across the European Union because Donald Trump said it should be so.
Trump crossed a line when he called for restrictions so harsh they could only be considered fascism. He invoked images of concentration camps and internment camps. He mentioned registering Muslims and suggested that Americans should spy on them when they can. His lunacy plays directly into the fears of the weak-minded haters who have joined the Trump Corps of Idiots.
In order for a petition to get a government response in the UK it has to have 10K signatures. To be debated in Parliament it must have 100K signatures. The petition to keep Donald Trump out of the United Kingdom has a half million signatures. A government spokesperson addressed the issue on behalf of the Home Secretary and the Prime Minister:
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.
It doesn’t sound like the higher-ups are impressed. The petition will now be debated in the house of commons as a matter of parliamentary procedure. The outcome should be interesting.
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