As people around the world continue to express condolences for the victims of the deadly Manchester Arena attack, many in the U.S. are viewing the tragedy as a rallying point for enforcing tighter travel restrictions.
On Monday, a suicide bomber detonated an improvised explosive device in the vicinity of the exit of Manchester Arena as Ariana Grande concert ended. British officials have confirmed 22 dead and dozens of injuries—many life-threatening—in the aftermath of the attack.
The deadly incident, which as President, Trump continues his efforts to enforce a ban on refugees and immigrants from predominantly Muslim countries in the U.S., is promoting the support of many commenters on social media are now calling for a widespread travel ban.
@realDonaldTrump please convince our government to the introduction of a travel ban after what happened in Manchester, you have the right idea!
— danny meijer (@dannyphillips4) 23 May 2017
I don’t think Trump’s travel ban is extensive enough. #Manchester
— Greg united states (@Gregonimo) 23 May 2017
I honestly don’t see how anyone would support a temporary travel ban after the last nights events in Manchester. So horrible and heartbreaking.
— Heath Forest (@THEHEATHERWOODS) 23 May 2017
I hope that Obama judges who blocked Mr. Trumps, travel bans are paying attention to what’s happening in Manchester.
— Joe Lopez (@joe41858) 23 May 2017
But others who insist on the social use of the tragedy to politicize the controversial order.
The travel ban would not have stopped Manchester. Stand up and call these people losers will not help. You are recruiting for them.
— Delicious (@lilredrydnhd) 23 May 2017
#Manchester despite the tragedy, we do not intend to issue travel ban bcoz terrorism is a global challenge and we can stand together against it.
— gichangi peter (@GichangiPeter) 23 May 2017
In January, Trump’s executive order blocked citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen– and placed an indefinite ban on Syrian refugees. It caused great controversy after the initial implementation caused chaos and confusion at airports across the country. Courts across the country blocked the order in February.
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At the time, Reuters reported that only one-third of Americans thought that a widespread ban would make the country safer. In the light of the recent attack, however, security experts say that the public can come to unsubstantiated statements, based on fear.
“What normally happens after an attack such as the tragic events recently in Manchester is that travellers, whether business or tourist develop an irrational fear for a terrorist attack, or get a wrong image of the country in question, or that now is by the united kingdom, France or Germany,” Mark Deane, CEO of ETS Risk Management, which offers security solutions for high-profile executive and events around the world, told Fox News via e-mail.
Although the chances of tourists being harmed by terrorists, while abroad is very minimal, Deane says that his company got a boost in the questions for the personal safety, secure transportation, executive protection and event security services from high level Ceo’s travel in Europe, especially in Paris-as a result of the events that unfold in the last year.
In March, Trump issued a revised order that removed Iraq from the list and may provisions for waivers on a case-by-case basis, including allowances for people in need of urgent medical care and the employees that by the AMERICAN government.
The chairman of the second attempt was stopped by a federal judge in Hawaii.
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Deane says that, although the travelers can be anxious, a general prohibition that does not apply the “core principles of border management” (developed background, and the screening of high risk persons and those who travel to high-risk destinations) is not the answer.
“There is never the requirement for a wide forbidden, just the need for sensible precautions to be taken which are intelligence -led and well-implemented,” said the security expert.
“This can be underlined by the recent deployment of the laptop of a prohibition of certain regions and countries – intelligence-led, and probably expand to European travel.”