Trump’s immigration policy and the war within America

February 1, 2017 OPINION/NEWS




Ogunniyi Abayomi

Immigration was born out of slavery, war and ethnic clashes, ensuing individuals to seek greener pastures across the border. Events and the tragedies of terror within Arab and African societies prompted the sympathetic movement of migrating to the west, absconding the horrendous atmosphere across their regions.

The European community accommodating refugees from Syria, Somalia, Iraq, Turkey and major war afflicted states caused an uproar of terrorism; France and Germany the first casualty of this anticipatory move to disrupt affairs of the west towards ensuring their ideology did not resurface in the west, the Paris killings and the Berlin attack in December respectively.

The herculean task of accommodating people from Arab affiliated nations was observed as an indicator for America to reject immigrants from the Arab region in order to avoid another terrorist attack.

Last week, President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to place an embargo on citizens from Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Arab affiliated nations on migrating to the United States of America fuelled an already disorganized atmosphere within the country.

Many observe his action as a tool of discrimination against the Arab community, a misled conception against Islam on American soil built on Christian faith and belief. It was considered an act of war which he clearly denied amidst several debates and arguments from political analysts and associated personnel within America.

His admirers and followers merely observed the decision against the immigration of individuals from Arab affiliated nations to avoid attacks within America. I am not an American but the decision is against humanity and is not fair to ostracize the issues on religious grounds because there are Arab Christians as well as Muslims within this region.

What is its interpretation to the world? Third world countries are forced to comply with the policy that emerged from this regime to stay in America, some states bending over to ensure their relationship with America is not stalled.

Can we see this as a cold war enacted between the present American regime and the World? Far across the Atlantic we feel the rage among citizens of America and reaction from individuals on social media spilling the state of affairs alongside the criticism that has emerged.

Donald Trump is observed as a pragmatic person who in his plans has been enforcing strategies to make it ‘great’ again. His American dream infuriates reactions over his decision and willpower on display.

How the story ends is not what one I can see, rather there is hope that he is guarded properly to lead the American people successfully. If we tend to view it in a religious way we might misjudge the decision.

I believe there are reasons he is not allied with the Arab community due to the chaotic rampage they connive. But will the innocent suffer this embargo too?





Ogunniyi Abayomi

Ogunniyi Abayomi was born July 11, 1991 in the city of Lagos, where he resides. A poet and essayist whose works have been published in various journals.


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