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In class blog response – Social Issue

Ashwag Mokbel & Azzall Monasser

Social Issue: Travel ban in the US

Why is this social issue a problem?

It separates families, creates hatred and racism, and forbids immigrants and refugees from finding shelter.

What are some of the causes and effects of this issue?

Causes: Fear of false terrorism, limiting refugees, and capitalism.

Effects: Separating families and leaving people homeless.

Who does this issue impact?

Visitors, families, the 7 banned countries, violates the fundamental principles of equal protection and religions’ freedom. Also, causes the people from the banned countries who still live in the US, to live in fear.

Keywords for research: Travel Ban, US OR USA OR United States, Immigration


“Immigration Travel Ban.” Congressional Digest, vol. 96, no. 3, Mar. 2017, p. 2. EBSCOhost,

Lewis, Helen. “The Banality of Trumpism. (Cover Story).” New Statesman, vol. 146, no. 5352, Feb. 2017, pp. 22–23. EBSCOhost,

The reason we chose these two as sources was because they both contained detailed explanations of what the travel ban was. As well as what countries that were targeted. It discussed how the current president of the United States Donald Trump, attempted to ban seven third world countries. It gave background information on who, what, where and why the travel ban was initiated.



“The Right to the Sidewalk: The Struggle Over Broken Windows, Policing, Young People, and NYC Streets,” and “Some Unresolved Constitutional Questions” both describe the freedom of speech and public use in different ways. According to “The Right to The Sidewalk,” Cahill describes the unfortunate racism young blacks face and how police officers still stop young people in the streets just because “they look suspicious.” On the other hand, “Fallen Fruits” explains how people can get together. The writer explains how fruits fell in the streets of Los Angeles to rot, even though other people starved. The people of LA weren’t knowledgeable of the laws of picking up fruit from the floor, therefore, did not use that public space given. In relation, Zuccotti Park is a privately owned parked made to “serve the public,” however, the people were forced to leave and until today there are restrictions by forces. Overall, from the readings, I can say that it’s challenging to become cities with a culture of participatory sharing in which public space is used to serve the public. As long as differences, discrimination of races and environmental injustice exists, our society will lack sharing.

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In all three readings, “Occupying public space, 2011,” “The office of the people” and “The Artist Will Have to Decide Whom to Serve,” the writers discuss the use of space and the effect of space and users on each other. According to “The Office of People,” Golan discusses how space influences us. Different spaces tell us to think before we act; certain behavior is only accepted in certain places. Golan states the importance of achieving a degree in order to maintain authority and power over space. He also stresses the point of interacting and being a part of the community to get things done. On the other hand, in “Occupying Public Space, 2011,” Franck and Huang discuss the use of public space by using examples from around the world, as Zuccotti park, Egypt, Asia, and Spain. The main example used by Franck and Huang was Zuccotti park which is a privately-owned park made for the public which also gives the public the power over the space. The people used the space to send their message to the world, even after some complaints occurred, and the police was involved. In spite of the availability to the public’s use, the users of the park also took advantage of the space. Finally, in “The Artist Will Have to Decide Whom to Serve,” Jeanne Van Heewisjk explains how “Cultural Interventions” can make a stronger community. Spreading culture, increases opportunities and knowledge between the people and helps with creating active citizens and becoming part of the community, which will all result in changing the space and its uses. Overall, the three articles stress the effect the community has on space and vice versa.