Keep a Positive Mindset in a Travel Ban Era

On October 13, President Trump issued the “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” otherwise known as the travel ban. This ban was specifically issued to keep refugees from eight countries out of the U.S. These countries include Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen. Of these eight, six are majority Muslim, raising the thought among many that this travel ban is more of a “Muslim ban,” something Trump discussed during his presidential campaign. Because of this very sudden and brash decision, it has left many very confused, distraught, and downright angry. Many lawsuits and other protests about this situation have been appearing everywhere. These acts have been happening so much that a federal judge had to temporarily and partially block President Trump’s new act.
The travel ban is something that effects our community greatly. It strikes worry in those with relatives in the previously mentioned countries, who aren’t allowed to enter the U.S., perhaps to reunite with their families. It could cause people to feel unloved and unwanted. That is not the case. No matter your color, creed, religion, or ethnicity, you are loved and wanted by plenty. In this case, if you are a member of the Muslim community, just know there is someone or some people out there who are going through the same issues. Therefore, you are not alone. Hardships come in multiple forms, and this is just another obstacle to show how strong you are, and you should never forget that the Falls Church community supports you.
Even in challenging times like these, let’s all remember that in the U.S. nobody can take away our basic human rights—the things that make us who we are. We all deserve an equal amount of respect in this world. It doesn’t matter if you’re a student, teacher, or a President, everyone should have an equal life to live.