This week has been… interesting. I try to speak from an impersonal perceptive. Honestly. Because this site will cover political events and acknowledging that my opinion on a matter will certainly differ from someone else’s opinion, I try to justify my opinions with facts.
As my previous post suggests, Trump is not a fan of facts. At least not facts that exists in the real world. His actions of the past week suggest his uninformed fears are somehow factual. That his very public prejudicial, misogynistic, xenophobic rhetoric reasonably justifies his executive actions.
Being a Canadian citizen, as well as a political science student, I am approach on the topic of Trump more than I like. “How does his actions affect us? We’re in Canada.” Let’s take the Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvement executive order this past weekend. In summary:
- It suspends the entire US refugee admissions for 120 days,
- Halts the Syrian refugee program indefinitely,
- Bans entry from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen for 90 days
- Temporarily bans entry of dual-nationals who are from those seven countries for 90 days
- Prioritized refugee claims based on religious persecution
- Lowers the number of accepted refugees from any country in 2017 from 110,000 to 50,000
This order unaffectionately dubbed the Muslim Ban doesn’t affect anyone who has U.S. citizenship (natural-born or naturalized), but according to The Atlantic there was increased discretionary authority given to border control to question U.S. Citizens coming from the seven countries.
Although President Trump has tried to claim this is not a Muslim Ban, he made many exclamations during his campaign on the possibility of a Muslim registry and has chosen countries with quite predominate Muslim demographics.
Trumps actions affect me as a Canadian for many reasons, obvious and not. Geographically, we’re neighbor; economically the United States greatly impacts our financial situation; mobility wise, I now have friends who are afraid to leave the country to visit their family because they don’t know how other countries will react diplomatically to Trumps impulsivity (this includes friends who also hold dual citizenship between Canada and countries the aforementioned order targets).
The reason why all of this is so troubling is because I seen this before. Not in my lifetime, but in my studies. A group is excluded or deemed “bad dudes”. They are villainized on a legislative federal level. I’ve seen this happen with the Japanese minorities, Jewish minorities, Black minorities. I’ve seen it happen communities based on their sexualities, gender etc.
What I could never understand was the threats that were posed by these communities as they stand. Someone practicing their religion is their business, so long as it doesn’t pose a threat or harm anyone else. But the national security legislations that have always been put in place as preventive measures have almost always promoted power and authority rather than principle. The created dichotomy of us versus them has driven support for these national security legislations because they use a traditionalist definition of nationalism to perpetuate an ideal archetype and anything else poses a threat. Us or them. The same fear Trump ran on.
It bothers me that even today, on such a public platform, someone so blatantly marginalizes communities. It bothers me that he was elected, (Regardless of losing the popular vote. In a country with over 300 million people 3 million votes is a drop in the bucket. There I said it.) It bothers me that it’s only been eleven days and he’s incited such chaos.
It’s exhausting. And it’s only been eleven days.