Kharobah Dreaming

Musings about academe in haphazard fashion.


My thoughts are:

  1.  I can’t stand right wing and left wing news and am almost to the point of not watching any news at all from any station, since it’s all negative, hateful, and repetitive.
  2.  There seems to be confusion between the ban on refugees, with the focus on Syria (of whom there are Christians and other non-Muslims in Syria that will be affected by this), and the other Muslim nations in the ban.
  3.  There also seems to be confusion about Islam in general in that Iran is Shi’ia and wants little to do with the other Muslim nations who are majority Sunni.  The other Shi’ia majority areas are Kuwait and Bahrain, with a large portion in Southern Iraq, some in Lebanon, etc.
  4.  Let’s look at “radical Islam”, which has nothing to do with the tenets of Islam at all–sort of like saying the Nation of Islam under Louis Farrakan is “Islam”.  If we look at the terrorist actions on US soil since 2001, the focus has not been on Islamic terrorism, but homegrown.

Non-Muslims Carried Out More than 90% of All Terrorist Attacks in America

This article was first published May 1, 2013.  Terrorism Is a Real Threat … But the Threat to the U.S. from Muslim Terrorists Has Been Exaggerated An FBI report shows that only a small percentage o…

  1.  And, if we look at radical terrorism in the US from those reported to be Muslim, they were all American born or American converts to Islam.

A Complete List of Radical Islamic Terror Attacks on U.S …

In a speech at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida on Tuesday, President Obama declared that “[n]o foreign terrorist organization has successfully planned and …

  1.  The fear that refugees are causing huge problems in Germany is not born out by the statistics with the conclusions that “In other words, the typical German was more likely to engage in crimethan the average migrant.”

Donald Trump says Germany now riddled with crime thanks to …

Donald Trump says Germany now riddled with crime thanks to refugees. By C. Eugene Emery Jr. on Wednesday, May 11th, 2016 at 3:49 p.m.

And, here in the U.S., “A paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research in 2007 found that immigrants had incarceration rates about one-fifth that of native-born Americans, and that the difference actually increased between 1980 and 2000.”


How big a problem is crime committed by immigrants?

President Trump wants to create a list of crime committed by “aliens,” but some studies show immigrants commit crime at lower rates than native-born citizens

  1.  Why the nations of Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Iraq?  Why not Saudi Arabia?  Why not Afghanistan or Pakistan?  Turkey?  One suggestion is Trump himself.

Countries where Trump does business are not hit by new travel restrictions

The seven nations that fall under the executive order don’t include countries with Trump Organization projects.

My personal take on all this is that if all of this were happening in 2000 instead of 2017, I wouldn’t have had a husband or a daughter.  My husband  would not have been allowed into the US as a political refugee or as an immigrant from Sudan. And, contrary to what is being said, it isn’t easy to go from refugee status to green card to citizen.  It took us 6 years, phone calls, letter writing, paperwork, and money to accomplish, not to mention the actual citizenship classes and test.

There needs to be a separation of refugee versus immigrant and a separation from legal refugee/immigrant versus undocumented/illegal immigrant.  No one should be coming here illegally.  Everyone should be vetted and vetted well, regardless of country, religion, or any other category; but it should be done equally, lest we go back to the days of quota systems and exclusions based on race and ethnicity.

All countries have the right and duty to protect their citizens and National Security usually takes center stage when human rights and civil liberties are affected.  It is wise to be cautionary about Syrian refugees, but can’t we work with the EU and other nations and come up with guidelines in such a devastating time?  If we deny Syrians the ability to exit the violence and devastation, then I fear we will years from now look back on this time like we did Rwanda or Bosnia.  And, why deny these other nationals (Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, etc.) entry when they have already gone through the process to gain Visa status? They’ve already been vetted and passed muster, why deny their travel when they’ve already successfully passed the US requirements for entry?  We have Muslim Americans serving in the police forces from New York the West Coast and nearly 4000 serve in the US military openly proclaiming their faith

All this does is cause more problems.  An unfair system against one particular language group, geographic location, and/or religious group is going to fan the flames of extremism and cause the loss of faith in the US government by moderates  No good can come of this action.


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This entry was posted on January 30, 2017 by in Academe.