New Travel Limitations Upsetting Muslim Students
March 21, 2017 By:Hunter Watson
(published by the 2017 March McNary Piper, written by Alayna Grier)
Many kids walk into McNary with different opinions about Trump’s policies, both good and bad, but one student feels hated by them. Jawad Hussein, a junior and a Muslim, feels that the recent travel ban Donald Trump has been trying to pass is unconstitutional and unfair. “The ban makes me lose faith. It gives not only my family but Muslims in general a bad reputation. I remember reading a statement that said at one point 50 percent of Americans agreed with the ban and that just makes me sad.”
Recently, President Trump issued a travel ban that targets seven major Muslim countries. Trump claims that his goal was to improve background checks to make sure terrorists are not admitted inadvertently. Since Trump has been elected president, Jawad says he is very surprised at how normalized open hate has become in America. “Quite a few people agree with the ban. A lot of people are very sympathetic to the cause, but many friends and people I have grown up with agree with Trump’s ban and that really surprised me,” Hussein said.
In many places in America, Mosques, Muslim places of worship, have not been welcomed. A Mosque in Salem has received much of the same treatment. “All I know is that my Mosque has been receiving letters and threats,” Hussein explained, “Sometimes stuff happens though, that’s life.” Hussein was not at all phased by the fact that his place of worship had been threatened. “It’s just one of those things that you kind of get used to as you grow up. I remember that one year, somebody threw a brick through my family’s shop on 9/11. There just comes a time when the hate stops being surprising I guess.” Recently, Trump’s ban has been halted and has yet to be reinstated. In the time that it was in action however, the travel ban affected about 90,000 people around the world. In Oregon, the ban prevented a four month old baby from getting to OHSU for her heart surgery and had Gold Medalist, Mo Farah, fearing if he would be able to get back to his family in Portland. “It all just sucks,” said Hussein, “But I have accepted that this is just the way it is. I think all Muslim children living in America eventually do.” Although disheartened by the present moves our President has been making, Hussein has hope that America can still grow from this.
“I’m American. I was born here, and my siblings were born here and my parents did everything right when becoming U.S. citizens. I’m not a terrorist because I’m Muslim and my family that still lives in Yemen aren’t either. I just hope that other people are able to understand that too.”