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Supreme court challenges anti-immigration sentiment

by Breonnah Colón - Lifestlyes Editor
Tue, Apr 24th 2018 06:00 pm

Remember that time the president of the United States mistook his position for an authoritarian dictator and thought he could overstep democracy by passing whatever he wanted to into law? Remember how he really thought his every whim could be fulfilled just because he wanted it to? Remember when our government, designed to combat that exact kind of psychological stumble, sent those notions veering left directly into the social garbage?

When Trump won the election in 2016, I must admit that I was terrified of being faced with the sort of political climate that hit Germany prior to WWII. Everyone joked that he was too incompetent to make such an impact, but I remained hesitant to overlook the possibility. Afterall, Hitler wasn’t the smartest man of his time, just one of the most charismatic, a very scary similarity I saw between him and our own president. Despite the nonsensical burdens he has brought the country, and the intense possibility of war with other countries, I must say I’m proud to see our government working to deter Trump’s unfounded sense of monarchy.

Since his very first day in office, Trump began passing executive orders, of which his notorious travel ban was one of the most well known. This ban was focused on limiting immigrants, specifically from countries where Islam is the main religion followed, from entering the U.S. The interesting thing is, despite having a majority conservative cabinet and presence both in the Senate and Congress, Trump’s ban hasn’t been past as easily as his simple mind expected it would. Partially because thousands of Americans and their representatives know that Islam itself is not a terrorist organization and, contrary to what Trump and his supporters believed, all Muslims are not terrorists for following the religion. 

USNews.com explains that the ban has been experiencing repeated pushback, mostly due to Trump's “enmity toward Muslims.” While there have been large scale protests across the country, both the Trump administration and those in favor of the ban argue anti-Muslim sentiment is not the purpose behind introducing and passing the ban, but rather the ban is a response to calming the fear of terrorism. The fact that our biggest demographic for terrorism is white, Christian men, you would think the ban would target the influx of Christians and focus on white extremists, but I guess that type of terrorism is patriotic somehow. 

According to arabamericannews.com, the ban is due to be reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court this Wednesday, April 25. The court will listen to arguments both in favor of and against the travel ban and determine whether or not the ban meets a standard of law in which it should be passed. This case is considered to be the first big trial, since this could completely disregard the argument of its legality one way or another. 

Many consider this to be a test of whether Trump’s presidential power will be limited or his illusion of being king will only strengthen. Given that there is a Republican majority currently making up the Supreme Court Justices, it seems more than likely thst Trump’s ban will happen to pass the legality issues. If this is the case, those against it will need to work to bring the case up once more and continue to fight it.

Things may seem a bit dark now, but not as dark as they did when Trump was first elected. While his policies have been more than deplorable and his intent certainly questionable, as a people, Americans are more diverse than his 1930s mindset can comprehend. 

We’re already approaching the midpoint of his presidency. So as long as we maintain our mindset, remember the true American values of freedom and equality for all and work to continue building off that foundation, we will never lose. These sorts of situations may force us to ask the question of whether or not we will get through this. As former president Barack Obama used to say — yes we can.



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