Law Trumps Freedom.

by SVL on Janvier 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

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