When countries across the world talk about immigration, there is always a heated debate. You will always have one side who think new people bring new things, new money, new workers and new points of view, and those people always think they are right.
On the other hand, you have people who think outsiders bring more trouble than they are worth, and are worried the new people will take away jobs and raise the crime rate.
This has been a debate as long as there have been people. Each country needs to look to its people to figure out what the right choice is for them. Once those people have come to an arrangement that the majority agree with, they pass a law, just like any democratic society such as the U.S.
A week ago, President Trump implemented an executive order that barred entry into the U.S. from seven predominantly Muslim countries: Syria, Sudan, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Libya and Yemen.
With this order, we are now seeing a situation where the people in charge (inside the White House) are either intentionally or unintentionally circumventing the laws we have in place regarding immigration.
President Trump has barred legal visitors to our country – the affected people who took the time and the effort to follow our laws, our customs and our regulations, because this is where they want to be. They now are having their lives thrown up in the air because he wants to ban Muslims from entering our borders.
It is a sad, sad day when America, a country that reportedly exists as a “melting pot” leaves people stranded in airports and hotel rooms who did everything we asked of them to be here. We suddenly pulled the rug out from under them.
We are not going to get into a debate today about the executive order as a whole, and whether it is racist, or how it makes the U.S. look to the rest of the world. What we are going to talk about is the people who came here legally, and have had their lives thrown into chaos because the executive order wasn’t set up correctly.
As of Wednesday, Feb. 2, there have been court judgments made against the legality of the order. This is fine and dandy to resolve the short-term situation, but this is something that should not have been allowed to begin with
We have a president, who throughout his campaign made it routine tactic to say something, then come back later and alter it. Although the common phrase is “it’s better to ask forgiveness than permission,” presidential orders that have an effect on hundreds of thousands of people are not the time for loose wording.
How would your employer react if you didn’t show up for a week because you were stuck in an airport due to a presidential edict? Even if they don’t lose their jobs, or have problems with their schooling, being stuck anywhere can have a significant impact on these people’s lives.
Innocent people, who have done exactly what the government asked of them, should not be made to pointlessly suffer because our executive branch can’t write correctly. If our new president wants the benefit of the doubt, and wants us to stop protesting daily, the first step needs for him to earn our trust by keeping people safe, and not needlessly disrupting our lives.
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free” – I learned these words in grade school, and even if America has aged since then, those words continue to be true.