Opinion: President Trump's Recent Executive Order

By Faatimah Solomon, Teen Advisor 16-17

On January 27, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that suspended the refugee program and imposed travel restrictions on several countries. The exective order suspends the refugee program for 120 days, bans Syrian refugees from entering the United States of America indefinitely, and bans all travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries including Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, and Libya for 90 days.

These refugees are humans looking for shelter, and instead they are being used as a front to accomplish an agenda that underestimates the shared humanity between people living all over the world. Many of these refugees are women and children living in temporary, vulnerable settings. The executive order also feeds into the myopic narrative that we often receive by the media - the recurring portrayal of Muslims as violent people. The fear created by such misunderstandings does nothing but divide our communities. This harmful rhetoric of pitting “us” versus “them” is tearing the fabric that holds the international community together.

As a Muslim Sudanese-American living overseas, it is distressing to see such hatred and fear unraveling. I can’t help but feel a little helpless whenever I’m listening to or reading the news. But these are the times when we should be trying to find a solution whether through advocacy, activism, lobbying, or even in other small ways.

Being part of the solution means standing by and supporting those whose rights are being transgressed. It can be as simple as initiating conversations in an attempt to improve dialogue between people. If we as individual citizens of the world can learn to be more open-minded, loving, and tolerant, then the eventually the entire world can also become more open-minded, loving, and tolerant. 
Posted by Chelsea on Feb 9, 2017 1:51 PM EST