As this blog also doubles as my personal diary, it won’t always be adventures and mishaps that I discuss. No funny stories or beautiful photos today.
I am an American. A proud American. Born in a small midwestern town just a few hours south of Chicago, I have lived a fairly easy life.
At least I have 3/4 on the list of what’s acceptable in his eyes.
Today our president has signed an executive order to ban anyone with an Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, or Yemen passport. These are people who have visas and green cards. They have already been thoroughly vetted, have lives, families, and careers in America, have invested so much time and money into this ‘American dream’ just for it to be snatched from them.
I am disgusted and hurt. I’m honestly considering coming home earlier so that I again have disposable income to donate to various funds and the ability to attend one of the many protests for our voices to be heard.
Iran has banned American entry in response. And though many may scoff at this and say “it’s only Iran”.. which country will be next? How many of our foreign relations will crumble under this regime? How many people will we reject just because their first breath was taken across an imaginary line and people born across that imaginary line are ‘bad’?
It’s not just those with visas and green cards.. refugees are being turned away as well. Did you know Anne Frank’s family was also rejected by the US?
“History will judge where America’s leaders stood today,” said US Senator Dick Durbin from Illinois. “Faced with the humanitarian crisis of our time, the United States cannot turn its back on children fleeing persecution, genocide, and terror. During the Holocaust we failed to fulfill to our duty to humanity. We cannot allow mindless fear to lead us into another regretful chapter in our history.”
I’m so worried about where the next 4 years will take us. I’m more afraid of Trump than terrorists.