Make America great again

Vivian Coleman, Guest writer

“We must be concerned not merely about who murdered them, but about the system, the way of life, the philosophy, which produced the murderers.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

In the public eye, Dr. King has always been an advocate against racism, but what Dr. King verbalizes transcends that of racism in today’s society. Although, racism has seemed to steadily grow in the public’s eyes instead of gradually decline, it is not only racism that is plaguing our society, it is also immigration. Racism, and immigration, were never just words in American history. As a consequence, these ethnic minorities are now being discriminated against and forced out of the country. In America, our constitution has always stated that all men are created equal, but why does a country that promotes this mandate seem to contradict it so heavily? Dr. King’s eulogy conveys that Americans did not begin this cycle of hatred by themselves; this problem stemmed from the very root of the American culture. Even though the conflict branches off into immigration, and the executive order breaching it, the root of this problem is the government.

I yearn to see a society where immigrants and minorities alike can live in peace and reach citizenship without the racisms of religion and skin color. ”

— Vivian Coleman

On January 27, 2017, President Donald Trump formed an executive order that revoked tens of thousands of visas in order to “protect” Americans from “terrorist” entry in the United States. It was said that his order revoked 60,000 visas from seven Muslim majority countries. Keeping the September 11th attack in mind, I can understand where he is coming from, but does being Muslim mean that you are automatically a terrorist? Although President Trump had the people’s interest in mind, is it really all right to set up an ethnic cleansing here in the United States; the cultural “melting pot”?

Not only is this immigration order presenting a national, if not global issue, but it also presents a local issue to the border city of Laredo, Texas. Laredo has always been a sanctuary city for immigrants looking for work to support their families. In fact, Laredo’s economy depends drastically on this population, and if this order is more drastically enforced, Laredo’s economy would greatly suffer. This issue is a concern to me not only because of the color of my skin, but also be-cause of the structuring of my city’s economy.

As Trump’s executive order produced these outcomes, the changes that I would like to see implemented goes against what his campaign promised. Despite going against our president’s wishes, I yearn to see a society where immigrants and minorities alike can live in peace and reach citizenship without the racisms of religion and skin color. In order for my aspirations to succeed, the executive order has to be eradicated.

Thus, in order to make America great again, we must withdraw the executive order that prevents the symbolism this country has become. By eradicating this executive order not only do we set up a better tomorrow, ensuring undivided families and stable economies, but we stand up for what our forefathers believed in when they stated that all men are created equal. Even though racism will never fully be erased, by removing this order we can pave a brighter future for tomorrow.