Where is the compassion?
I cannot understand how this isolationist move can possibly help make us “great again.”
In the words of my friend, Rai, is what I really want to say:
(Trigger Warning: Not Kind) Vermont had 100 Syrian refugee families set to arrive in 2017. Two made it in before Cheeto’s mental health disappeared. Now 98 *families* are back in limbo after 3-5 years in waiting, after being vetted (picked apart), going through rigorous security screenings, and being cleared for US resettlement. Dreams and hopes of mothers, fathers, and children dashed – because some Americans and the man they elected are misguided, misinformed, scared xenophobic, Islamophobic bigots.
Statement of Steven Goldstein, Executive Director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, the U.S. civil and human rights organization among Anne Frank organizations worldwide:
As President Trump prepares orders to wall out Mexicans and shut out refugees from America, today marks one of the most hateful days in our nation’s history. Donald Trump is retracting the promise of American freedom to an extent we have not seen from a President since Franklin Roosevelt forced Japanese Americans into internment camps during World War II. Today the Statue of Liberty weeps over President Trump’s discrimination.
President Trump is beyond the wrong side of history. He is driving our nation off a moral cliff.
When President Trump uses national security as a guise for racism, he doesn’t strengthen our national security. He compromises our national security by engendering disrespect for America by people around the world.
Make no mistake, suspending visas for citizens of Middle Eastern and African countries is not called national security. It’s called prejudice.
President Trump is now exacerbating the largest global refugee crisis in history. His slamming America’s doors on the starving, the wounded and the abused is a grotesque blot on our nation’s history of freedom. The President’s actions are an embarrassment to the timeless vision of America as inscribed by Emma Lazarus to “give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”
Demonizing refugees and immigrants, and spending billions of taxpayer dollars to keep them out of our nation, will go down in American history as one of the most tragic deviations from our national conscience.