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Immigration made this nation

On Jan. 27, President Donald J. Trump signed a presidential executive order banning refugee admissions and people from seven Muslim-majority countries: Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.

As per the order, all travelers who are nationals of those countries are not permitted to enter the United States for 90 days unless they are issued an immigrant or non-immigrant visa.

The end result of this executive order has been chaos, both throughout the world and here in America.

On Friday, Feb. 3, Federal Judge James L. Robart of Seattle issued a temporary restraining order against Trump’s executive order, which has stopped it in its tracks.

On Tuesday, Feb. 7, three judges from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Seattle heard arguments in a legal challenge against Judge Robart’s restraining order.

As this issue of The Winsted Journal went to press on Wednesday, Feb. 8,  a decision by the court has not been made.

Meanwhile, protests all around the world have taken place against Trump’s order, including one held at the Norfolk Town Green on Feb. 5.

Considering the news reports of families being broken apart, people with valid green cards and Syrian refugees not being allowed back into the country, and considering the climate of chaos that Trump’s executive order has created, people have every right to be angry and upset.

The name of the executive order is “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States.”

The purpose of the order, as stated on the official White House website: “In order to protect Americans, the United States must ensure that those admitted to this country do not bear hostile attitudes toward it and its founding principles. The United States cannot, and should not, admit those who do not support the Constitution, or those who would place violent ideologies over American law. In addition, the United States should not admit those who engage in acts of bigotry or hatred (including “honor” killings, other forms of violence against women, or the persecution of those who practice religions different from their own) or those who would oppress Americans of any race, gender, or sexual orientation.”

So, in order to “make America safe again” Trump’s order essentially sets to prohibit entry to millions of people who have not committed any crimes, whether it would be terrorist or otherwise.

The executive order in itself is an act of bigotry and hatred against the millions of people in those seven Muslim-majority countries.

Furthermore, if “the United States should not admit those who engage in acts of bigotry or hatred,” then is it possible that we can deport members of the Ku Klux Klan and other hate groups out of the country?

If you look around America, Connecticut, the Northwest Corner or anywhere else in the nation, chances are good that you will find immigrants or relatives of immigrants.

Whether we are Iranian, Syrian, Libyan, Somalian, Sudanese, Chinese, Japanese, French, German, Polish, Syrian, Russian or even Native American, no matter what our nationality is, in the end we are all human.

No matter what happens, this is something we need to remember as we go forward.

As for the executive order itself, we could hope that Trump would reconsider it.

However, considering his statements on Twitter, including statements insulting Judge Robart and protesters, this is very doubtful.

Therefore, we encourage people not to keep quiet about this executive order, or other executive orders and decisions made by the Trump administration.

To contact members of Connecticut’s U.S. Senate delegation, go to www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm?State=CT.

To contact members of Connecticut’s House of Representatives delegation, go to www.house.gov/representatives/#state_ca.