Im­mi­gra­tion pro­tec­tions nec­es­sary

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum - Farid Jalil, Hugh­esville

As an Amer­i­can cit­i­zen, I’m not sure I can get more en­thu­si­as­tic about what’s hap­pen­ing with our coun­try’s po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­ity. As a first gen­er­a­tion, nat­u­ral-born cit­i­zen of the United States, I’m not sure I can get more frus­trated about what’s hap­pen­ing with our coun­try’s im­mi­gra­tion pol­icy, namely, all of the ran­cor and out­landish re­ac­tions to it.

Care­fully con­sider these ques­tions: Did not Pres­i­dent Obama iden­tify and ap­prove a list of seven coun­tries that Pres­i­dent Trump just now acted upon to pre­vent hos­tile ac­tors from en­ter­ing the USA? Did not Pres­i­dent Obama al­ready put “ex­treme vet­ting” in place, and Pres­i­dent Trump just said we will tem­po­rar­ily ex­am­ine and eval­u­ate that vet­ting for 90 days? Fi­nally, where were all the “un-Amer­i­can im­mi­gra­tion pol­icy” pro­tes­tors when Pres­i­dent Obama fully banned all Iraqis in 2011 from en­ter­ing the USA for six months? What in the world is wrong with that? The hypocrisy is so blind­ingly bright that it hurts my brain.

Do you know that Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity coun­tries are not tak­ing in Syr­ian refugees? Do you ac­tu­ally want to know why not? It’s be­cause they’re play­ing it safe. They can see the dangers con­cern­ing that par­tic­u­lar coun­try, and some Amer­i­cans are choos­ing to ig­nore them! Usu­ally I’d say “fine,” to their opin­ions made in light of their own ex­pe­ri­ence. How­ever, I must ut­terly re­ject their protests and pur­poses in this be­cause I’m liv­ing on the same boat as them, and I know that they’re go­ing to sink the ship if im­mi­gra­tion is left unchecked.

Yes, there are cur­rently pro­tec­tive pro­ce­dures in place, but we un­der­stand noth­ing is per­fect and it’s com­pletely jus­ti­fied to see if they can­not be made bet­ter. It’s also time for Amer­i­cans to in­crease our grit, our pa­tience and our com­mon sense. Amen.

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