Throughout the 2016 election, President Donald Trump has spewed nonsense rhetoric about building walls, banning Muslims, and heavily restricting immigration. While those comments are never ok, he got a pass because he wasn’t supposed to win. He was never supposed to be in the White House, but he won the election and is our President, whether we like it or not.

I personally didn’t vote for him, and I don’t necessarily like him, but I have respect for him and the office which he holds, though my personal respect for him is lessening. When he won the election, I was advocating for people to give him a chance to govern before we called him the worst president ever. He has used up that opportunity to change his ways from his campaign behavior.

In one week, he has signed an executive order that directs federal agencies to get the ball rolling on a wall along our southern border, with the goal of it keeping out illegal immigrants who enter the country through that border.

Without getting into an argument about the legality of such a barrier, it is simply unamerican. America was founded as a place for people to come and start their lives over, not as a place that is paranoid about every person who wants to live here.

He also signed an executive order that implements a 90-day ban on immigrants from seven countries, including Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. He claims that this is to allow for more extreme vetting of these immigrants, but they already undergo a very strict vetting process, which includes multiple interviews, multiple fingerprint samples that they have to give, and other rigorous tests. This is in addition to the classes they have to attend in order to learn the American culture. The United States has the strictest vetting process in the world.

This is in addition to the classes they have to attend in order to learn the American culture. The United States has the strictest vetting process in the world.

If we’re going to start the process, why don’t we go all the way and put a halt to all immigration from all countries, regardless of religion, if our vetting process is so broken, and in need of examination, why not stop all immigration until our vetting process can be sorted out?

This round of executive orders is fueled by a fear of Muslim extremists, who are a problem, I will admit that, but the bigger concern in America should be the millions of people who are on the verge of losing their health insurance, it should be the people who are homeless, or are unable to afford food, and it should be on those who are unable to obtain a job. Those are the real problems we need to be facing, not spreading Islamaphobia throughout not only the country but the entire world.

This is a guest opinion piece from Stevie Larson. The views expressed in this piece are not necessarily the views of 1600PennWatch management. 

 

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