Thoughts on the Immigration Ban

On Sunday morning, I joined a group of people from my community to protest and march against Donald Trump’s immigration ban. We crowded on the bus and were surrounded by folks of all ages and genders wearing last weekend’s “Pussy Hat”. By all definitions, it was an exciting experience to be a part of. The energy was palpable.

When we arrived at the march, we were among thousands of people crowded together, carrying signs and shouting. There were people of all races and the scene was peaceful, yet powerful. It was incredible to see so many people gathered together for a cause we all believed in.

Since the election, our country has been divided, yet, we can assume that we all want what’s best for ourselves and our countrymen. The Immigration Ban, however, is not what is best for us. This administration’s executive order shattered any hope that immigration in our country would be handled with dignity, compassion, or tact. It essentially reinforces the truly American ideal that some lives are worth more than others, which is not the America I want to uphold or perpetuate. The Immigration Ban is an affront to our country’s greatest asset: its people.

The past few days have bombarded us of images of children detained at airports, doctors unable to return to their homes and jobs to save American lives, and families faced with the harsh reality that they may not be able to travel to see their loved ones. Our current situation exhibits soul crushing similarities to the Germany of the 1930s and 1940s. It is this type of reality that makes our resistance and effort even more necessary.

If the next four years are anything like the first two weeks, than we are in for a long ride. A ride filled with marches, phone calls to senators, protests, and tears. But hopefully, the next four years will also be filled with some victories. The first of which is already unfolding. The number of people that are vocal about the injustice in our country is empowering and emboldening. We are showing our government and our world that we will not follow blindly down the path of hate and fear.

At RYTF, we are continuously putting our support behind causes we believe in. From food justice to police reform, we are fixtures in the fight for equity and justice. This fight is no different. We will stand up and battle the forces of hate and fear to create a better world. Most of us know too personally what it feels like to be part of a marginalized community living in the United States and it is up to us to stand up for our Muslim brothers and sisters. A ban on Muslims is no different than the targeting of unarmed black men and women by the police or the legalized racism of the Jim Crow era. The time is now to align ourselves with the forces of love and acceptance. The alternative simply isn’t an option.