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Trump’s Travel Ban: The Skyhawks Affected

Cally Hutson

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On January 27th, President Trump issued a temporary ban on the immigration of all peoples for the next 90 days from the following predominantly Muslim countries: Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Sudan, Libya, and Somalia.

We wanted to find out for ourselves how this order affected the community here at Southridge. We interviewed the following students who originally came from some of these targeted countries, to get their perspective on Trump’s order.

Golbon

Senior at Southridge

Moved from Iran in 2009

What country is your family from and why did you originally move here?

My family is from Iran, and we originally moved here because in Iran, people of our religion, Baha’i, are persecuted. They cannot get certain jobs, receive higher education and risk being imprisoned or kicked out of their homes/jobs and schools. We moved here so that I could receive a higher education and we could live with equal rights.

How does President Trump’s immigration ban affect you/your family?

“President’s Cheeto’s” ban has a significant impact on my family. This summer, my grandparents, uncle, aunt and cousins were planning a trip to come visit us. About a week before the execution of the ban, they were informed that their visas to travel to the U.S. were approved. Due to the ban, however, their plans were cancelled. To my family and I, this was heartbreaking news since we haven’t seen each other in eight years, and now, maybe more.

How do you feel about the policy?

I feel that it is very unjust and perpetuates racism and stereotypes against people from those countries. Also, the injustice continues because most people who immigrate to the U.S. (such as my family and I ) are fleeing some unjust situation in their home country, and the ban only keeps them in terrible situations, which could put their lives at risk.

What do you hope happens in the future in relation to this order?

I hope that not only it gets rejected, but an apology from the executor is necessary, for treating people, who are in dangerous conditions and war as if they are a threat, simply because of their religion and country of origin.  

What would you want to say to anyone that agrees with the immigration ban?

Get yourself educated, because obviously you are ignorant about the reality of people’s lives and the actual repercussions this ban could have on the lives of a large group of people. Also, it is important to realize that this ban is only perpetuating already hostile attitudes and feeding into stereotypes against Muslim people.

 

Abedalla

Junior at Southridge

Moved from Iraq in 2015

What country is your family from and why did you originally move here?

In Iraq, over there — there was super disaster, war, completely unsafe. We came here for the freedom. Now it’s kinda not as safe here. We might leave America too. It’s not safe for Muslims.

How does President Trump’s immigration ban affect you/your family?

My grandpa died in Jordan and my mom went to visit. But now it’s hard for her to come back.

How do you feel about the policy?

I’m really sad. I don’t like the new president and the new rules. I’d rather have Barack Obama.

What do you hope happens in the future in relation to this order?

I hope he removes these kinds of rules and reinstates the old rules. Goes back to the same.

What would you want to say to anyone that agrees with the immigration ban?

You’re perception is racist. You don’t care about people’s feelings.

 

Setareh

Senior at Southridge

Moved from Iran in 2015

What country is your family from and why did you originally move here?

We’re from Iran. Lots of reasons. We came for a better education, better job, better opportunities.

How does President Trump’s immigration ban affect you/your family?

Well, my mom lives in Iran so she can’t come and visit me. Also, my grandma and aunts, who live in Canada, can’t come here. And me and my dad…we don’t know if when we go back [to Iran], we can come back here.

How do you feel about the policy?

I’m just in shock. I wasn’t expecting this to happen.

What do you hope happens in the future in relation to this order?

I hope…I dont know. Someone else should step up. But what can we do? Wait for another president?

What would you want to say to anyone that agrees with the immigration ban?

“Why?” I would tell them that they need to explain why they think this is the right thing. Imagine yourselves in someone else’s position and see how they feel.

 

We greatly appreciate everyone who shared their voices with us. These three students only represent some of the people who are affected by this ban at Southridge. However, we hope this piece sheds light on this issue and helps us cultivate a more accepting, understanding community at Southridge. 

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