When most think of Trump’s new travel ban, the image of a “closed door” symbolically comes to mind. But, do we, as A people, know what we’re closing that symbolic door to… in reality?
Many people think it’s about closing the door to people, places and things that put fear inside of us. But, as Gabriella Van RIJ reports, “the one thing we all feel right now is uncertainty.”
Personally, in my lifetime, the United States of America has never had a more unfriendly image. The entire idea of building a massive wall, and creating a list of countries (which seems to be racially and religiously motivated) to keep from passing through its gates… Have we ever seemed so unfriendly?
Van of NY Daily News goes on to report:
As a person with immigrant status, and as a person who was born Muslim in Pakistan, I deeply feel the concerns that this ban evokes in myself and others.
Most undocumented immigrants that I have talked to before and after this new administration are too scared to come forth as they are understandably afraid of getting kicked out, especially for the ones that have children here.
Now with raids in the U.S., undocumented immigrants are even more fearful than ever. They stay together with their own people, without seeking help from outside their circle, which might not benefit them in the end.
I understand their hesitation to seek outside help. Many of them came over with only the shirts on their backs, and the processes in place to help them involves too much red tape to be of any help at all.
I recently read of a mother who took refuge in a church in Colorado with her three children born in the U.S. She has lived here for 20 years, and while I cannot claim to know the minute details of her case, it seems that this is unusually cruel punishment when she is not a criminal.
Not only has she already lived in a state of fear for 20 years while living here in this country, now day after day she is prisoner of a ban inside of the church walls. None of us can even come close to imagining how awful this must feel to her and her very young children.
This ban is not just fear, it is a living nightmare for many like her in this country.
Those who should care — which is all of us — don’t care enough. But soon, we will need to. I believe we will start caring when it affects all of us!