People whose family emigrated to the United States the old fashioned way, through Ellis Island, and who are wary of undocumented immigration from places like Mexico and Central America, will often say, “My family came here legally. Why can’t they?” There are several counterarguments against this. But for now I don’t even need to do that, because President Pussy Grabber just signed an executive order that has led to the detention of legal residents- one of whom worked for the U.S. military as an interpreter. How would you feel if your grandparents were separated from each other and interrogated because they were Catholic and spoke funny?
“But we have to think of national security.” I’m glad you brought that up. Because of the seven countries Trump has banned immigrants and refugees from, none of them have been involved in a terrorist attack on U.S. soil. The only thing those countries have in common is that the Trump Organization has no business dealings with them. Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and Indonesia- all countries where Trump does business- were not on the ban list, even though they are Muslim-majority countries.
“But about about the Boston Marathon bombing?” I’m glad you brought that up, too! They were from Russia. But based on Trump’s warm stance toward Putin, we know he won’t ban anyone from there.
You might think I’m feeling pessimistic, but I’m not. Thousands of Americans flooded O’Hare and JFK airports tonight. With them were a legion of lawyers who worked on the behalf of the detained people pro bono, resulting in the release of some of the detained. And as I write this, a judge in New York is suspending part of Trump’s order.
Just like the Women’s march last week, Trump is unifying Americans- against him. Now we just need the Paul Ryans and Mitch McConnells of the world to join us. They claim to not be Islamophobic, just as they claim to not be racist or misogynistic. That may be true, but it’s certainly not a deal breaker for them- yet.