The presidency of Donald Trump has created a lot of division, fear, and confusion in this country over the last five weeks leaving many questions about what will be the future of the United States going forward. Two of the areas that has created these fears and doubts have been immigration and the acceptance of refugees. These two issues have divided our nation into two countries with one side (his supporters) wanting to build the wall on the southern border that he has talked about so often, deny entry to Muslims, and deport millions of undocumented families, while the other side (compassionate people) wanting to accept refugees, protect these families from deportation, and build bridges instead of walls.
The #NoBanNoWallNoRaids movement is about the latter, protecting our undocumented friends, being a welcoming and compassionate nation that accepts refugees, a variety of religions, and immigrants from every country. The “No Ban” portion of this hashtag and growing movement is about ending the ban of Muslims from the seven banned nations listed in Trump’s travel ban, the “No Wall” part is about fighting against building the proposed wall separating the United States and Mexico, and the “No Raids” segment is about ending the raids done by the agents at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and doing what we can to keep immigrants safe. This movement is about staying true to our values that have been a part of this country since its inception more than 240 years ago, it is about being a welcoming and accepting nation built on diversity, not division.
This movement is about staying true to the values of this country and the people who live here as well as those who wish to come here for a better life, yet the supporters of the man in the White House do not seem to understand that. Instead, they call us “Anti-American” for wanting to accept refugees or protect undocumented immigrants, that is not being against America, it is being for humanity. Let’s look at the Muslim ban for instance, this policy supposedly was put in place to keep us safe yet no country on the list has had a citizen who has attacked the United States. On the other hand, the countries not on the list have had people who have attacked us, Saudi Arabia comes to mind right away.
The Saudis produced 19 hijackers that committed the attacks on September 11th, 2001 yet they were not one of the banned countries. Why is this? Simple, Trump has business ties in Saudi Arabia and the other countries on the list, so of course he would not want to ban people from that country. Should people be banned from Saudi Arabia?
Of course not, nobody should be banned from any country, this just shows the great hypocrisy of Trump and his supporters. They want to ban people who pose not threat to us yet allow citizens from countries that have attacked us, pure hypocrisy and something that makes no sense at all. When you look at it, the people who pose a risk to this country and make us less safe are American gun owners, not Muslims or immigrants who just want to come here for a better life. if you ask me we should ban guns, not refugees or immigrants but of course the gun loving United States wouldn’t do that. This is not about safety, this ban is about hate and bigotry just like everything that the Trump administration does.
The wall and the raids focus on the immigration issue, these two issues are very close to my heart as I know undocumented immigrants and they are good people who deserve a chance to have a better life. the Trump supporters say to “come legally”, like that is possible for people from these places who make so little that they can barely care for their families let alone pay the outrageous immigration fees. To further see how coming legally is not always possible we need look no further than the wages of many low income citizens of Mexico and other poor countries.
As of January 1, 2016 citizens of Mexico make 80.4 Pesos per day or $3.94. Now, how could someone possibly come here legally on such little when the cost of visas, travel, the other immigration costs, and so on is very expensive? They cannot! They need to come to work so that they can send money back to their nations so that their families can have better lives or that they themselves and their loved ones can have the American dream here in the states. They simply want a better life, they do not want to harm anyone or “rape”, “kill”, etc. like Trump says they do. Yes, some commit those crimes but the majority of undocumented immigrants work hard and are law abiding people, much more than U.S. gun owners and many Trump supporters, that is for sure.
The raids must stop, the wall must not go up, and these people should not be deported but given a path to citizenship instead like the millions of other immigrants who had the very same opportunity. We here in sanctuary cities care about all humans and will do what we can to protect them so that they have an opportunity to do what they do best and that is contribute to our society and our way of life. The facts are that without immigrants our economy would crash as they work the jobs and hours that Americans do not want and they pay taxes and contribute to our diverse and great country. A wall will not “Make America Great”, it will make America broke and will lead to America hating again, not being great.
Read the Statue of Liberty to understand our position on this issue, it says this, ” Give me your tired, your poor,Your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, Send these, the homeless, tempest tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door”
THIS is who we are, this is America! Not only to help immigrants but also the homeless, refugees, and anyone who needs help. This is what Jesus would do and as a country who claims to be a “Christian” nation we should practice the principles of Christ and help others as he would have, not reject them and kick them out! Republicans always claim to be “pro-life” yet they never act like it, they cut food stamps for the poor, step over the homeless, and do not want to help those who need us most and in this case it is refugees and immigrants. We must be who Christ called us to be and help those who suffer and are less fortunate and be the compassionate America that I grew up in, not the hateful and bigoted one we have become under the extreme right and Donald Trump!