America Welcomes You, Even if Trump Doesn’t

In light of recent events, I would like to write about how our current president is treating refugees, muslims, and overall all people who are “foreign”. Whatever that means, Trump is attempting to put “America First” and bring security to our country. However, his executive orders are not putting America first, it is putting his own self-interests first. Putting America first would mean creating homes and stable places for people to stay who are running from danger. Because essentially everyone is American. Everyone has the God-given (who whatever you believe in) rights to live a safe and free life. And even if we are from different places, speak different languages, or worship different gods, we are intrinsically the same at this basic level.

Being American doesn’t fundamentally mean that you are inside the countries borders. You are an American regardless of where you’re from. And so when Trump ordered to stop immigrants and refugees from middle eastern countries, he was not helping America. He is not helping America. America is a composition of a multitude of different people, of different races and when a certain type of person is left out, then how can we still call ourselves American? How can we exclude a certain type of people from pursuing the American Dream?

And still have the audacity to say that we’re still American. The fact that such harmful consequences of Trump are ever-present creates a sadness that yearns for all people to be treated the same. Just as we proved in World War 2, one race is not superior to another. And yet, I find so many similar attributes to our current situation and Germany at that time. While we are not in an economic crisis, we are in a paranoia that so fills our being that this is the only way for Trump to lash out. This lashing out is in the form of creating isolation, of siphoning off the rest of the world to be in our own self-centered group. It feels almost as though the whole American population has created a club that has the typical “No girls allowed” sign plastered everywhere, but girls is replaced with minorities.

Trump has used this petty and childish actions to further his need to make himself “better”. I have the viewpoint that Trump is fundamentally flawed, that even if we point out his faults he wouldn’t listen. I think it is important to recognize his past, because it is possible to show why he is who he is now. Trump was born into a very wealthy family. His father owned a plethora of real estate, and so it is not hard to see how well off Trump was. Trump’s father seemed so indifferent to Trump that Trump practically begged for his attention. And when his father passed, Trump never felt satisfied with the little respect his father gave him. I speculate that he was tormented by this fact, and the only way for him to feel as if he has his father’s approval was to get other people’s attention. It is possible that from an early age, Trump only cared about getting attention, not what type of attention, and so he resorted to doing petty and childish things. This has followed him until present day, where he continues to do such childish things. In essence we have allowed a child to run the country, and any child running anything will cause major problems.

This brings us back to the current situation, where he signed his detrimental executive orders. While, there have been work to halt his order, there will be major consequences following it. What frustrates me the most, is that this “Muslim Ban” is meant to prevent terrorist attacks and ISIS, but it accomplishes the exact opposite. Trump is too vain to see the flip side of his actions where Muslims see how hostile and horrible America is, and turn to a group they think is more “reasonable”: ISIS. ISIS wants Trump to do this, because it means more recruits for them, it gives their motives actual evidence, and creates more hatred of America. How can you fight an enemy if you tell your own citizens they are the enemy?

This is not how national security should be. This is not how America should be. America is made out of immigrants, out of people looking for a better life, and the first thing we do to them is tell them they can’t pursue safety. I think the only think I can end with is something that is entombed on the foundation of The Statue of Liberty, which stands to be a sign of freedom, of peace, and of America. That was where immigrants from all across the world would go to enter the United States. The Statue was most likely the first thing that passengers would see before entering the country, and so it has been a significant part of American society. The plaque reads:

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “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-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

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