Note: I usually avoid directly advocating political positions on this blog. However, I feel that Pres. Trump’s executive order banning entry to the U.S. by Muslim refugees on an extraordinary historical scale that demands a response by concerned Americans. Below is the text of a letter that I sent to my congressional representatives today: Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO), Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), and Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO). You can find the members of your own congressional delegation at GovTrack.us.
As a proud Coloradan, I was disturbed and disappointed by the executive order signed by President Donald Trump yesterday banning Muslims from certain countries from entering the U.S. The wording of this order was so broad that it includes legal U.S. residents (green card holders), discriminating against them on the basis of religion in a manner that directly contravenes the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Furthermore, the alleged basis of this order on grounds of national security is extremely dubious given that no U.S. citizens were killed by terrorists from these countries since 1975.
I have studied and worked with many immigrants from around the world, including the countries listed in President Trump’s order. Like generations before them, they come to this country and contribute to the vitality of our society and economy. Turning our backs on immigrants, especially refugees from war-torn regions, is a distinctly un-American act–although sadly, not one without historical precedent.
When our own Governor Hickenlooper stated that Colorado would welcome Syrian refugees in November, 2015, I was one of many who supported his decision. President Trump’s ban is unconstitutional. There are likely to be many other such acts as long as he is in office. On behalf of my family, our state, and our country I ask you to oppose this executive order and all similarly despicable orders that emanate from this or future administrations.