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New immigration ban sends international shockwaves

by Siomara Germain - Copy Editor
Mon, Jan 30th 2017 12:05 am
Photo taken from Lindsey Tepe on Twitter.com
Photo taken from Lindsey Tepe on Twitter.com

These days it seems like a lot of people struggle between wanting to be informed about what's going on in this country and keeping their sanity because what's going on in this country is appalling but not shocking.

People from both the United States and foreign countries are deeply appalled by President Donald Trump's actions over the last week. It seems as if every day it's something new.

According to the The Hill article, "Immigration ban includes green card holders: DHS" by Max Greenwood, Trump's executive order bans people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the country, including those who are legal residents   of the U.S. with green cards.

The countries listed include Somalia, Iraq, Yemen, Iran, Syria, Libya and Sudan.Trump's orders are affecting people both in and out of the country. Some are even regretting voting for him. 

I don't know exactly what people expected from him when he made his views clear during his campaign trail; they didn't think his actions would affect them personally but in recent days it seems as if that is no longer the case.

Just because Trump believes in his conspiracy theories does not mean we have to ignore fully vetted green card holding U.S. residents or individuals who already have a U.S. visa, whose rights are being taken away.

Trump is already damaging lives in our country and his actions and his beliefs are not representing our American values. This is not what America does. We don't turn away from others when they need us.

If individuals who have worked hard for their green cards happen to be out of the country, at the time this article was written, they have to apply for a waiver to be able to return back the U.S., to their homes and to their families.

Many world leaders have condemned Trump's actions. Even though there is a cap of 1,000 for private applications to sponsor Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government, he is open to refugees coming to Canada. 

According to the CNN article, "World leaders react to Trump's travel ban" by Azadeh Ansari, Nic Robertson and Angela Dewan, "Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended the importance of welcoming refugees, without explicitly referring to Trump's executive order. He said that those fleeing persecution, terror and war were welcome in Canada."

This is why people like me love Trudeau because he respects values and protects all people without stepping on the toes of others. Trump should try to be more like him.

On the opposite end of the spectrum certain world leaders have openly support ed Trump's actions.  

According to the aforementioned article by CNN, Australia is one of the countries that openly supports Trump's actions towards the citizens from those seven countries. The article states that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said, "It is vital that every nation is able to control who comes across its borders."

Thousands of people protested outside of airports where citizens and visa holders were being detained along with numerous town squares and locations in Washington, D.C.

According to The New York Times article, "Highlights: Reaction to Trump's Travel Ban" by Andy Newman, "On Sunday, many travelers remained detained. Federal judges in four states have issued orders halting provisions of the ban."

Newman also reported that witnesses said some of the detainees were handcuffed.

This makes me speechles. These people did nothing wrong. People always speak of America as this great country with so many opportunities but Trump is taking those opportunities away.

Some people believe this has nothing to do with them but if you are safe today, what is stopping Trump from attacking you and/or your way of life tomorrow? This is why unity is important because these issues are crucial for everyone nationwide.

United we stand, divided we fall. 


 sgerm2@brockport.edu 

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