Dear, America. Sincerely, Immigrant.

Dear America,

 

On Monday lawyers representing our government met in front of a three-judge federal appeals panel concerning a ban on immigrants from seven, predominantly Muslim, countries. Commonly referred to as, “the Muslim Ban,” this executive order was enacted by our President as a way of fulfilling one of his promises made on the campaign trail. If you're like me you thought, or rather hoped, he was merely blowing smoke up the asses of a small contingent of the country dumb enough to think he'd even win the damn election.

Welp, joke’s on us ain't it? Turns out, that contingent wasn’t so small after all and now Orange Hitler, Head Cheeto in Charge, Donny T, or however you refer to him, is our President. Whether you're Black, White, Asian, Republican, Democrat, or even an immigrant, he's your President. Yes, Muslim immigrants and Muslim Americans, that'd be you too.

In exactly one week after his inauguration, our President signed an Executive Order barring immigrants from traveling to the United States on visas or passports issued from one of those 7, primarily Muslim, countries in the Middle East. Even green card holders. That’s like running a race, getting to the finish line, and then, as you’re crossing said finish line, the administration tackles you and tells you that they didn’t properly monitor your progress in the race and now you have to do it again so they can do it right. (Ain’t that some bullshit…)

The order was signed while some of those who were ultimately affected were enroute to their United States destination. This is what I personally have a problem with, all politics aside. See, at this point these people would've already been vetted, meaning their financial, cultural, personal, political, and any other relationships, stances or beliefs would've been poked, prodded, dissected, analyzed, and even criticized to their face.

I was a green card holder for years. Up until my senior year of high school, if I recall correctly. I immigrated to this country in January of 2004 along with my mother and brother. And we were vetted, meaning our financial, cultural, personal, political, and any other relationships, stances, or beliefs were poked, prodded, dissected, analyzed, and even criticized to our faces.

And when we finally made it through the system and actually into the United States we had one last hurdle to cross. We had to be processed one more time at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Taken to the immigration room, or whatever they call it, and issued our green cards. I’m telling you now, if we were told to hold our heads and hop on one leg, guess who was going to be the first to drop his coat and assume the position? Point is, “scared shitless” doesn’t do any justice to how we felt sitting in that cold waiting room.

That is why I sympathize with those affected by the “Muslim Ban.” Especially those who were detained at their destination site. To get so far only to find yourself searching for answers. To give up all that you had in your homeland for a better future in The Land of The Free, Home of the Brave. To think you’d finally escaped war-torn, poverty stricken environments, trading it for the country that promises you a fair shake at liberty and justice.

You rejoice…

Your family rejoices....

You thank God…

Say good-bye to what you know…

Think about you future…

Your kids…

Liberty and justice...

Only, when the moment of arrival comes, you realize your saving grace doesn’t want you. You’re a “threat”. “Not vetted properly.” You don’t see what their talking about. I mean, afterall, you were the one who had to go through the process. You were the one who had to endure the process: you were vetted, meaning your financial, cultural, personal, political, and any other relationships, stances or beliefs had been poked, prodded, dissected, analyzed, and even criticized to your face. And now you’re being told you don’t belong here. Because you’re a threat. Not vetted properly.

The Department of Homeland Security has lifted the restriction on those with visas from the 7, predominantly Muslim, countries. Definitely a victory in my book. But the way that the Muslim Ban was formulated, presented to the people, and executed gives me great cause for concern when analyzing our President. Either he lacks care for the intricacies of complex issues, or he just doesn’t care. I don’t know which is worse.

I envy anyone who supports our President’s Muslim Ban. If you or your parents are immigrants and you happen to be in support of this, I envy your ability to remove yourself from the shoes of someone who, like you or your parents, just wants to improve their way of life. Their kids’ lives.

And if you share no similarity or relations to anyone affected by the Muslim ban, or think you don’t, I envy you as well. Because you will most likely never have to worry about life outside of the confines of this Great Country. This is all you know. And it must be nice.

 

Sincerely,

Immigrant