I dread to open social media or watch the news in case it ends up being about what President Donald Trump has done or said “this time”.
As you may have noticed I have not mentioned politics in any of my posts but I can’t stand by any longer.
Yes, he will be the most talked about President of the United States but Donald Trump has already done enough in my eyes and I’d like his term to be over already.
Trumps executive order targeting Muslims and refugees led to chaos in the hours after he signed it, as refugees and immigrants arrived at USA airports only to be detained or told they couldn’t enter the country with businesses having to scramble to adjust to the new policy.
“We are hearing that last night a lot of people were turned away,” said Abed Ayoub, legal director of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. “It’s had a direct impact on a lot of people.”
The order, which Trump signed Friday afternoon, bans Syrian refugee resettlement in the USA indefinitely. It will also shut down the entire refugee program for 120 days and bar all immigrants and visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries ― Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen ― from entering the USA for at least 90 days.
Has your mouth dropped yet?
The order goes far beyond refugees or tourists ― it means that around 500,000 green card holders who reside in the USA but are originally from one of the seven countries will need a waiver to return to their homes, White House officials confirmed on Saturday.
It also applies to people from the seven countries who hold dual citizenship and are not US citizens.
For example, people of both French and Yemeni nationality would be denied entry.
This information above alone may have you shocked but what has hit me are the hundreds of stories I have read when doing the research for this post. From families being split up, jobs being lost, education unable to be completed, to a film director whose film is nominated for an Oscar unable to attend the ceremony.
These are people like you and me whose lives have been dramatically changed by one mans actions. Just remember we don’t choose our parents, or the country we are born into, so how is this fair? How is this right?
I’ll leave you with one last thing.
On the same day he signed the order, Trump paid tribute to “victims, survivors, heroes of the Holocaust” as it was Holocaust Memorial Day.
He then went on to say: “In the name of the perished, I pledge to do everything in my power throughout my Presidency, and my life, to ensure that the forces of evil never again defeat the powers of good.
“Together, we will make love and tolerance prevalent throughout the world.”