Instead of writing about the New York Times Travel Show I attended yesterday I’ve decided to spend my time focusing on the most recent of Donald Trump’s horrifying executive orders: the travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries. I have always believed that there are moral standards that we should all uphold and this action goes against them.
First of all, it reeks of connection to unfortunate histories: when Japanese internment camps existed, and Jewish were denied entry into the US only to return to Europe where they were killed. While my ancestors were lucky enough to have left Eastern Europe even before World War I, I am keenly aware of the effect the Holocaust has had on my people’s history.
Third, it is truly unfathomable for me to believe that Trump announced this ban the same day he made remarks on International Holocaust Remembrance Day. And even these remarks left out the majority demographic killed during that horrific period in history.
“It is with a heavy heart and somber mind that we remember and honor the victims, survivors, heroes of the Holocaust. It is impossible to fully fathom the depravity and horror inflicted on innocent people by Nazi terror. Yet, we know that in the darkest hours of humanity, light shines the brightest. As we remember those who died, we are deeply grateful to those who risked their lives to save the innocent. 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.” (emphasis added).
How can a person spew such falsehoods and be elected President what has for so long been known as a “free” country. While I do not fear for my own person currently there is definitely a worry in the back of my mind of “what ifs” in the future.
So far I’ve read about Apple, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft pushing back from the technology sectors and I’m very glad to see that. Celebrities are telling their own stories (and pointing out the glaring issues of an immigration ban on military support abroad). And elected officials all over the country are sharing how they want the US to be a sanctuary to refugees from abroad:
Most importantly, people are protesting on the ground. This action has caused protests to erupt across the US and I personally have friends at JFK Airport in New York, Philadelphia International Airport, and San Francisco Airport. While I am saving up my energy for more trainings and protests in the future, I am glad my colleagues, friends, and relatives are joining in the fight back against this travesty. As of the writing of this post, the refugee ban has been partially pushed back through a federal court order of “staying” it. I’m so glad this took place and am happy to know many people who went to these rallies.