This is not okay or normal. During the campaign, when Candidate Trump floated a ban on Muslims entering the United States, the other candidates and major Republican leaders all denounced it. Sure, people will claim this is not a ban on Muslims because it is “just certain countries” (which just happen to have majority Muslim populations). However, if you read the text of the executive order (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/27/us/politics/refugee-muslim-executive-order-trump.html), it calls out the 9/11 attacks and bans immigration from selected countries around the Middle East — without apparent rhyme or reason — omitting the countries of origin for the 9/11 attackers. They can call it what they want, but I’m calling a spade a spade. This is a Muslim ban — and it is unconscionable.
Where is the outrage now, GOP? Where it is GOP-controlled Congress responding? There is absolutely no indication that a President Jeb Bush, President Marco Rubio, or President Ted Cruz would have done this. This is not partisan, it is unacceptable. We are a country of immigrants and refugees. Our country exists because people fled their homes due to religious persecution, political persecution, and a desire for a better future for themselves and their families. Amongst our nation’s greatest shames is turning away a boat of Jewish refugees in the late 1930's (for frighteningly similar reasons in an era where “America First” was also being thrown around as a popular political phrase).
This is appalling and I will not stand idly by or silent while it happens. I am confident that my US Congressman and both of my US Senators agree with me — but they are all Democrats and are in the minority in Congress. I could call others who do not agree with me until I’m blue in the face, but I know that will have little impact. Elected officials tend to listen only to their own constituents. If you live in a GOP congressional district or in a state with one or more Republican Senators, please call their offices (https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials) and tell them how unacceptable President Trump’s executive order regarding refugees is and that you expect them to take action to reverse this.