I migrated to the U.S. with my parents in 1986. We were lucky to have had the opportunity to enter the U.S ...
America is a nation of immigrants—one that has always derived strength from diversity. For centuries, the United States has been a beacon of hope and opportunity for people around the world. The immigrants and refugees that have come to our shores in search of a better life have been welcomed to help write our exceptional story and pursue their own American dream.
One of the first actions the new administration took after entering office was to sign an executive order that advanced a plan to waste billions of taxpayer dollars on a massive wall along our southern border.
Now, let’s be clear: This wall is unnecessary, unpopular, and unpaid for. But even more importantly, it would be a physical embodiment of precisely the kind of fear and division that America must reject. It won’t serve to make us more secure, but instead cast a shadow of intolerance.
This is not who we are as a country or a people. Time and time again, when Americans have faced great challenges, we’ve relied on the diversity and innovation of the American people to build bridges to overcome them, not walls to cower behind. Now is not the time to stop. And now is not the time to give in to fear.
Within their first full week in the White House, the new administration issued an executive order that halted the U.S. refugee program and suspended citizens from seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the country. This was done under the guise of bolstering our national security, but the truth is, it only makes us less safe. Beyond playing right into the narrative of terrorists—who want people to believe the United States is at war with Islam—the order betrays the very core values this country has always held most dear.
Instituting these kind of discriminatory policies that target people based on their religion is simply un-American. Turning our backs on people desperately seeking refuge from tyranny and oppression is un-American. We know that the American people’s compassion, tolerance, and commitment to religious freedom make us stronger, not weaker.
We must continue to stand together to make our voices heard—add your name if you agree that this executive order doesn't represent American values and want to be involved in efforts to protect some of our nation’s most vulnerable communities.Add your name
For the millions of undocumented immigrants living in America, we have entered a time of great concern and uncertainty. Already, the new administration has signed an order aimed at punishing sanctuary cities, whose policies protect law-abiding undocumented immigrants in order to increase public safety. And as other potential policy changes are discussed, the threat of deportation continues to haunt many of our friends and neighbors.
Among those whose future remains uncertain are hundreds of thousands of DREAMers—young people who were predominantly brought to America through no fault of their own and have long considered the United States their home. They were granted protections under President Obama’s DACA program, and many of them are already making huge contributions to our country, from becoming teachers to joining our armed forces.
We must fight to ensure that protections for these DREAMers are extended so they can continue to live and work in America. And more broadly, we should work to bring the millions of undocumented Americans out of the shadows and into the legal economy, rather than force them to hide in constant fear of being torn away from their families.
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