“I never thought something like this would happen in America”

Photos: Anthony Moretti 20July2016

Photos: Anthony Moretti 20July2016

In a moment you will find out who said those words. You also will find out that he might never see his father again.

“I never thought something like this would happen in America” is a sentiment being said or thought by millions of people in this country and around the world.

“This” is the hatchet President Trump took to refugee programs involving seven Middle East nations, barring Muslims from those countries from entering the U.S. Those countries, according to the president, are terrorism hotspots and therefore America cannot risk admitting people who might do harm to the U.S.

The Huffington Post blew a huge whole in that argument. Consider carefully this part of that story:

There have been zero fatal terror attacks on U.S. soil since 1975 by immigrants from the seven Muslim-majority countries President Donald Trump targeted with immigration bans on Friday, further highlighting the needlessness and cruelty of the president’s executive order.

Between 1975 and 2015, foreign nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen killed exactly zero Americans on U.S. soil, according to an analysis of terror attacks by the Cato Institute.

Moreover, a report released this week shows that Muslim Americans with family backgrounds in those seven countries have killed no Americans over the last 15 years.

Read the last part of that excerpt again: Muslim Americans with family backgrounds in those seven countries have killed no Americans over the last 15 years.

The president’s decision is causing chaos; and as Reuters reports, it is not just refugees who are caught up in the tempest that has followed Trump’s executive order.

The bans affects travelers with passports from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. …

The ban extends to green card holders who are authorized to live and work in the United States, according to Gillian Christensen, a Homeland Security spokeswoman.

And that brings us to the man who said the words that make up the headline to this post.

“I never thought something like this would happen in America,” said Mohammad Hossein Ziya, 33, who came to the United States in 2011 after being forced to leave Iran for his political activities.

Ziya, who lives in Virginia, has a green card and planned to travel to Dubai next week to see his elderly father. “I can’t go back to Iran, and it’s possible I won’t be able to return here, a place that is like my second country,” he said.

Mr. Ziya might indeed have to forego seeing his father.

And if you are an American citizen with personal or professional ties to at least one of the countries on the banned list, you can forget about traveling there. CNN has those details, noting:

“The US decision to restrict travel for Muslims to the US, even if for a temporary period of three months, is an obvious insult to the Islamic world and in particular to the great nation of Iran,” the statement said.
“Despite the claims of combating terrorism and keeping American people safe, it will be recorded in history as a big gift to extremists and their supporters.”
Iran’s ban will remain in place until Trump’s order is lifted, the statement said.

Perhaps the most important words in the statement from the Iranian government: “Despite the claims of combating terrorism and keeping American people safe, [the U.S. decision] will be recorded in history as a big gift to extremists and their supporters.”

At least for now, it appears Republican political leaders are in full support of the president’s executive order; not one GOP official has spoken out against what Trump has done. That silence is matched by the outpouring of opposition from multiple Nobel Prize winners.

America as the land of freedom and opportunity? According to this president, that statement must be amended to note Muslims from select nations are not worthy.

What a disgusting idea.

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One Response to “I never thought something like this would happen in America”

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