Does the Travel Ban Really Protect American Security?


Within the first month of his presidency, Donald Trump issued an executive order banning travel to the United States from seven majority-Muslim countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. The order was then revised with several changes including the removal of Iraq from the list of banned countries. While Trump and his supporters claim that the travel ban is essential to protecting Americans, the ban has been halted twice by court challenges calling it misguided, discriminatory, and unconstitutional.

On Thursday, April 6, join New America for an in-depth look at the travel ban and the many questions surrounding the intersection of immigration policy and counterterrorism: Does the travel ban protect American security? What role does immigration policy play in counterterrorism? How do the Trump administration’s policies impact communities and how are they linked to prior counterterrorism policies implemented under previous administrations? 

This event will feature two experts on the subject. Azmat Khan is an Arizona State University Future of War Fellow at New America who has reported on U.S. counterterrorism policy, including the long history of its intersection with immigration policy. David Sterman is a Policy Analyst with New America’s International Security Program and manages New America’s Terrorism in America After 9/11 database, which has featured prominently in the debate over the security impact of the travel ban. 

Follow the discussion online using #TravelBan and following @NewAmericaISP. 


Azmat Khan @AzmatZahra
ASU Future of War Fellow, New America 

David Sterman @Dsterms
Policy Analyst, New America 


Konstantin Kakaes @kkakaes
Fellow, New America International Security Program