President Trump’s executive order on immigration quickly reverberated through the United States and across the globe on Saturday, slamming the border shut for an Iranian scientist headed to a lab in Boston, an Iraqi who had worked as an interpreter for the United States Army, and a Syrian refugee family headed to a new life in Ohio, among countless others.
Around the nation, security officers at major international gateways had new rules to follow. Humanitarian organizations scrambled to cancel long-planned programs, delivering the bad news to families who were about to travel. Refugees who were airborne on flights when the order was signed were detained at airports.This is a complete nightmare. The United States, a country founded by immigrants, has closed its doors to those who need us most. Almost everyday I see the Statue of Liberty in the New York Harbor on my way to work, welcoming those who come to our shores. Now I feel that Donald Trump has, in essence, destroyed this beautiful statue, rendering her completely meaningless.
Reports rapidly surfaced Saturday morning of students attending American universities who were blocked from getting back into the United States from visits abroad. One student said in a Twitter post that he would be unable to study at Yale. Another who attends the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was refused permission to board a plane. Stanford University was reportedly working to help a Sudanese student return to California.
Now, even those with Green Cards who have gone back to their countries to visit may not be able to re-enter the United States. It doesn't matter who you are - if you are unfortunate enough to belong to a country on Donald Trump's hate list, you are not coming to this country. And for those who are in this country, they are effectively blocked from their families in their home country because those people will not be allowed here.
President Trump has declared that his reason for the hateful Executive Order is to keep us safe from terrorists. It is almost certain that this EO will be used as a recruiting tool for more terrorists. People will hate our country even more, and can they be blamed?
Yes, Donald Trump came out in favor of the pro lifers marching in Washington yesterday. But what good does it do to protect life in the womb if you show no concern for people once they are born? That is not a pro life position.
Donald Trump is my president, but he does not represent me in any way. I live in one of the most diverse cities in the world - New York City - and I see the beauty of all the different cultures that thrive in this city. To point the finger and accuse someone of being a terrorist because of their religion and/or their country of origin is prejudice and hate on the grandest of scales. It is truly worthy of the most despotic dictators.
Donald Trump is no better than the "terrorists" he claims to be fighting against. In fact, he is worse.
Donald Trump is our National Nightmare.
This is the man we elected president of the free world? God have mercy on us all.