Much to most people’s surprise, President Trump is actually carrying out his campaign threats. The latest is slamming the door on Syrian refugees and immigrants from seven other predominantly Muslim countries. I feel I must protest this blatanly unconstitutional and unAmerican action. My conscience is prodded by the WWII Lutheran pastor Martin Niemoller, the one who said “First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out because I was not a Socialist…” You know how this comes out: “Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.”
I’m very concerned with Trump’s threats to my safety and civil liberties. His use of religion as a profiling device is troubling — Is Mr. Trump not familiar with the First Amendment? Trump did his executive order so sloppily that it caused chaos in airports across the globe, as travelers with valid visas were detained and protesters gathered. I am proud to say the protesters included ones at the port of entry that’s a couple miles from my house, Sea-Tac International Airport.
Trump’s actions do not make me feel safer. None other than Iran’s Minister of Foreign Affairs said the order was “a clear insult to the Islamic world,” and “a great gift to extremists and their supporters.” While Trump has created a recruiting tool for ISIS, no one has been killed in the United States in a terrorist attack by anyone who emigrated from or whose parents emigrated from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, the seven countries targeted in the order’s 120-day visa ban. I’d feel much safer if Trump had banned assault weapons.
And what does my protest have to do with a blog on Parkinson’s? What if the scientist that would have made a fundamental contribution to finding a PD cure is currently a starving 12-year-old in Aleppo? By slamming the door on immigrants, we slam the door on innovation, and weaken our country. As Mr. Trump would say in one of his Tweets….SAD.