Law Trumps Freedom.

by SVL on January 29, 2017 - 11:04pm

On January 29, Liam Stack wrote an article called “Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration: What We Know and What We Don’t” for the New York Times. In it, he talks about the consequences of President Trump’s newest executing order affecting the immigration system such as banning residents from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen for 90 days from entering the country, suspending all refugee admissions for 120 days and Syrian refugees will not be allowed in the United States for an indefinite period. Around the world, the consequences could be felt. For example, passengers and airline crew members affected by the ban were blocked from boarding their flight and American embassies and consulates were ordered to stop printing visas to any citizen from the seven countries mentioned in the executive order. The president’s actions created spontaneous rallies across the nation at airports against this new policy. In the end, the author of the article made sure to mention that there is still some uncertainty on how the order will be applied for the ones who already owns a green card or a visa. We can assume this is a reliable source as the article comes from a well-known newspaper and the facts written in it can be proven with the pictures of the document of the executive order and the videos of the people being detained by authorities in American airports as well as the marches.

As the daughter of two Asian refugees, this ban on Muslims and refugees affects me deeply as a citizen living in North America, but also as a citizen of the world. Growing up, I’ve been taught about the World War II and every single time I ask myself: “How did we let this happen?” When you start referring refugees by statistics, you forget their name and their story. You forget they might be have been a wife, a father, a cousin or an aunt to someone in this world. You forget that your great grandparents or grandparents might have been in their position more than 30 years ago. You forget about the first and second generations of immigrants who created companies that still today contribute to our country: Apple, Facebook, Disney, just to name a few. But most importantly, you forget none of us are 100% American – except Native Americans. All of us have different backgrounds and that is what makes America unique. What if it was you, the banned citizen who seek the safe haven found in the United States? Having the chance to re-start your life, to have an education or simply visit a family member are opportunities and freedoms everyone should have because each of us holding an American passport had it. Fast forward to 2017, history is starting to repeat itself and it gives me chills. Have we not learned from our past mistakes? Are we going to let more than 2 million people die before we take any action? Let’s write our future together taking in consideration the sacrifice veterans made in the 1900s for us to still have our freedom. My last words are: this is not human and this is not America. Love is what makes America great. To all the #AllLivesMatters and #ProLife crowds, I hope you are protesting against this new immigration policy as passionately as you voice your opinions for your cause.

“What hurts the victim most is not the cruelty of the oppressor, but the silence of the bystander.” – Elie Wiesel

Full article can be found here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/29/us/trump-refugee-ban-muslim-executive-order.html?_r=0   

 

 

Comments

First i must congratulate you on a very compelling text that truly opened my mind to the negative impacts of this ban yet maybe a question for you to think about: how do you think this ban will effect canada if there is any effect at all. on a side note great quote from Elie Wiesel`s book ``Night`` that i have read and took me back to the sad stories of world war 2. Good job.

Thank you so much for writing such a nice article that fully expresses your thoughts on the Muslim ban. We often like to hear stories of others, whether good or bad, but we often forget that much of our history is similar. Your subjectivity made your post interesting, but also gave readers another perspective; that is, the view of Asian refugees and their descendants, and how they came to assimilate to the American culture and its values; and, also to cherish them. You talked about the importance of empathy, and perhaps this is what's needed in today's lacking democracy. Since Trump has been running office, the concept of democracy seems to have vanished, yet this system of government is really the foundation of America. However, when we look at how Trump actually became president, and how the vast majority (democracy) came to vote for him as their leader, can we really think of democracy as a positive thing? Often, we attach a good meaning to the concept of democracy, but, in all reality, it has a negative aspect attached to it. That is, the tyranny of the majority and its negative impact on minority groups. In brief, you can say that Clinton lost because most of her votes came from minority group, whereas Trump received a good chunk of the majority groups, whom have a great lack of empathy for America’s minority groups. For this reason, the Muslim ban happened, and the American society seems to be regressing rather than progressing. Ignorance plays a huge role in this event, and as you have mentioned, it is indeed dangerous.

I recommend you to check the link below. It is an article from Vox which, in my opinion, is a very good source, because of its in-depth analysis on the discussed topic.
http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/1/20/14061660/women-march-wa....

Also being the member of a family of Asian refugee, I loved the way you incorporated your personal story into your article and the relatability that it adds to it. Your style of writing very clearly expresses your ideas on president Trump’s Muslim ban, which I completely agree on. As you said, the similarities between all generations of immigrants’ and refugees’ stories are often forgotten and get lost in the statistics. I feel the people who support Trump and his ban forgot that they are not 100% American. They forgot that if that were to happen when their ancestors came to America, they would not have the lives that they have today. Moments like this allow us to see who truly cares and who genuinely understands. It allows people to demonstrate compassion towards their peers and in one way or another, makes people come together to stand strong. It makes people who are passionate and full of love to share that. Sadly, it takes tragedies and moments of terror like these to bring people together, but at least, we do. Finally, what do you think about immigrants (Asian, Muslim, or other), who despite what is happening, still fully support Trump in his actions? Do you think they are ignorant or do we simply not understand?

Here is are a link to a CNN article, by Jessica Schneider, who is an award-winning journalist, about a Lebanon-born Muslim, Nedal Tamer, who is still in support of Trump after the order, and his arguments: http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/01/politics/michigan-muslims-donald-trump-sup...

I understand CNN is not as good of a source as The New York Times. However, it does include various quotes and facts that are not biased. The author also writes about different cases and stories of Muslim-Americans and their different opinions on the ban. Showing the different point-of-views allows a broader spectrum of the reality and beliefs of everyday Muslim-Americans.

Firstly thank you for sharing your personal story and how this ban directly effects you as an individual, as it may not be the easiest thing to do seeing as though this seems to be a growing issue in todays times. You opened my eyes as well as my mind to the constant issues that refugee's as facing. As the daughter of refugee's you know as well as everyone else that immigrating to a country on its own is a strenuous thing, full of obstacles on its own. Its completely appalling to see that refugee's leaving unsafe and inhuman lifestyles behind to have a fresh start aren't given the right and proper opportunity to do so. As you mentioned "Let’s write our future together taking in consideration the sacrifice veterans made in the 1900s for us to still have our freedom. My last words are: this is not human and this is not America. Love is what makes America great." The only way America will be great again is by the constant support and love we demonstrate to one another in tough times like these. We must stand together as one and fight for the equal rights that we deserve.

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SVL

A Champlain College student slash brunch enthusiast who is currently studying in the General Social Sciences program.