Trump the Son of Immigrants

The story could be picked up on in any number of newspapers, but it is written down succinctly enough in ‘The Times of India’.:

“The US tech industry, substantially staffed with immigrants, was thrown into a tizzy on Friday after President Donald Trump issued executive orders temporarily barring refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries entering the US, and instituted extreme vetting+ in the case of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Saudi Arabia.” 

The focus here is neither on the human misery, nor on the fact that this executive order has little to do with making America more secure, but rather it is discussing the economic  damage to America from a policy that goes against everything the United States is supposed to stand for.

With Google saying that “at least 187 Google employees who normally live and work in the US have been affected by the ban”, substance is lent to the economic argument.However, it is when Marc Zuckerberg states that “his great grandparents came from Germany, Austria and Poland, and his wife Priscilla’s parents were refugees from China and Vietnam”, the moral dimensions of what Trump is doing, along with the damage he is doing to the idea of America and what it stands for, becomes all too clear.

Of course, it might be worth pointing out that Trump’s mother was a Gaelic speaking islander from Lewis , who worked as a waitress when she arrived in New York, and that his father was a real estate developer. Furthermore, in trying to understand Donald, it might be worth mentioning that there is evidence to suggest that his father, Fred Trump, was arrested in 1927 following a fight between police and members of the Ku Klux Klan in new York City. Trump, of course, denies that the above ever happened.

However, be that as it may, the fact is, that Donald’s parent’s, a property speculator and a waitress, were certainly of less economic use to the United States than some of the people he is trying to keep out, while it might just be that his Gaelic speaking  Calvinist mother, genuinely complemented a racist protestant father, who refused to rent his apartments to blacks.

The world turned upside down with people being barred from the United States because of supposedly extreme religious views, even when these people are very likely to be less extreme in their views than Donald’s parents ever were, and even when they make a far greater contribution to society than either his mother, or his father, ever did.




About sanculottist

There are a lot of poor bastards out there being used and abused; it is just not cricket "old bean". Something tells me that ignorance is not bliss, but is, in fact, simply ignorance and in the global village we cannot look the other way.
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