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I’m reminded of what Rachel Maddow from MSNBC said when Donald Trump was elected president of the United States.
You’re awake by the way. You’re not having a terrible, terrible dream. Also, you’re not dead and you haven’t gone to hell. This is your life now.
I’m so furious with the Trump Administration’s reckless actions. I can barely speak. I have been following the news, but not reading other blogs. I am responding by writing down my feelings. This is my opinion, my vent.
Right after the election, I wrote a post entitled What Does the Future of Travel and Travel Loyalty Programs Look Like After Trump Becomes President?
My concerns were an understatement compared to what has actually occurred in the days since Trump became president of the United States.
He looks for simplistic answers, without thinking of the reality, the repercussions or the ripple effect of a sloppily drafted sweeping order resulting in a devastating ban on entry to the USA by millions of people.
We are a country of immigrants. We are all refugees. We are built on tolerance.
How can this man who purports to be my president simply ban refugees and people from seven primarily Muslim countries from entering the United States? People are being detained and turned away, even those whose backgrounds have been fully “vetted” and even those with green card status? A 75-year old woman living in the United States since 1997? A British athlete originally from Somalia? Families of prominent journalists? University Students with student visas?
Chipping away at people’s rights, such as imposing gag orders over federal agencies, bypassing the normal review process for laws and executive orders, among other things, smell like fascism. There is no protocol. Where did it go?
The executive order was signed on Holocaust Remembrance Day. I saw a picture of a concentration camp that said:
Remember it didn’t start with gas chambers, it started with politicians dividing the people with us vs them. It started with intolerance and hate speech and when people stopped caring, became desensitized and turned a blind eye.
What happened to Never Forget? Did we forget?
A preference to Christian refugees? What?
I am outraged by the executive order. Everyone I know is outraged. The world is outraged. The actions are not American. The travel ban does not reflect the values of a democracy. I want to believe this is all just a bad dream. A nightmare. This is not the USA I know. Please don’t judge me by the actions of my president.
I did not have a present plan to visit Iran or Iraq or any of the other seven countries. But Trump just closed that door. Those countries are predictably reciprocating with bans on entry to their borders by Americans.
The world is reacting. Citizens of the United Kingdom want Trump’s visit to be canceled. The fallout is global. There will be serious backlash – one nation after another will close their doors to us.
Protests at major United States airports have erupted. Thank you to the demonstrators!
Two Federal Judge have issued orders staying deportations under the travel ban for the time being. Thank you to the ACLU and the Judiciary!
I love to travel. Will countries ban my entry because of this? I don’t want restrictions on my travel. In recent years, more and more doors were opening. Visa restrictions were relaxed. We were welcomed. I felt safe.
But, as a result of the travel ban, global backlash is inevitable. Others will boycott the United States. Foreigners may choose not to visit the United States and could very well ban or limit travel by Americans to their countries. There could be increased danger for Americans traveling abroad.
I cannot turn a blind eye to what is going on. I will not become desensitized. We need to continue our efforts to rally against and overturn this executive order which fosters hate and discrimination. It is unconstitutional and will have devastating effects on so many lives if not lifted.
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