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Why I Oppose Trump's Proposed Visa Restrictions 
27th-Jan-2017 11:59 am
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President Trump is expected to sign an executive order today which restricts visas from seven predominantly Muslim countries. I sent the following message to my senators and on the White House's contact page (since apparently the Trump administration has declined to answer the phone when Americans call).

I am a lifelong Colorado resident and I’ve voted in every election since I turned 18. I am writing to express concern over the executive order regarding visas that President Trump is expected to sign today. This order would restrict U.S. entry for people from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Sudan, and Somalia, even for people who already live in America. I oppose this ban for three reasons: it’s bad for American business, it won’t make us safer, and it hurts families. I urge you to call President Trump and let him know that this order is not consistent with the values of America or our people.

Life in all of those countries has been quite challenging in recent years and many folks have decided to seek a better life in America. Many of the people who have fled are highly educated and have been making valuable contributions to the American economy as scientists, engineers, doctors, and more. From Iran in particular the United States has benefitted from over three decades of contributions from expats. Several highly skilled Iranians have helped my company deliver billions of dollars of value in the American economy.

This policy would not make America any safer. In the list of terrorist attacks in the U.S. on Wikipedia the only perpetrators I found connected to those countries were two by ethnic Somalis and one Yemeni man; all three cases had small impact. Meanwhile, the 9/11 attackers were predominantly from Saudi Arabia, which is not covered by this ban. The people who emigrate to the U.S. are typically opposed to these countries’ governments and are seeking a more stable life than the chaos at home.

Finally, this order would hurt families. Folks living in America–many of them U.S. citizens–would be unable to visit their families or have family members visit the U.S. This could break up marriages, strand children, and keep Americans from attending family weddings and funerals.

This entry was originally posted at http://flwyd.dreamwidth.org/366960.html – comment here or there.
28th-Jan-2017 12:00 am (UTC)
Thank you. This piece of legislation potentially adversely affects a cousin of mine. She is and Iranian citizen in her last semester of graduate school in Texas, and she had a paper accepted to a conference in Germany. She is here on a student visa, and now it is unclear if she could go to the conference and come back.
28th-Jan-2017 03:27 am (UTC)
Nicely said. I'm going to crib from this.

As other people on g+ are pointing out, only majority-muslim countries in which trump has no business interests are affected by this; he has major business interests in saudi arabia, for instance.
28th-Jan-2017 05:54 am (UTC)
The Bush family has long ties with the Saud family as well, and the U.S. has given Saudi Arabia special treatment for more than half a century. If they didn't have a huge pile of oil, it would be pretty surprising that the U.S. is good buds with a socialist Islamic monarchy that's only now partly adopting the Georgian calendar.

To be clear, I'm not advocating that we restrict visas from Saudi nationals either.
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