US Executive Order 13769: “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorists Entry in to the United States.”
Recently, President Trump signed an Executive Order that prevented people from certain countries of the world from entering the United States. He talked about it throughout his campaign and in that prism of 100 days in office; he was not going to look like a punk.
I knew he would be a game changer. I believed that despite him winning the presidential race, there were systems to prevent him from changing the game nilly-willy.
So, when this action went into effect, it caught thousands of travellers unaware. The stories were endless. MSNBC profiled a Syrian family that had waited 13 years to get an immigration visa; their US family had purchased a house for them. Everything was set up, except for them being allowed to enter the US.
There was a five-year old Iranian boy detained for five hours at the airport. A Sudanese woman, who had lived in the US for 15 years and had travelled to Sudan for research, explained how she was questioned and handcuffed upon her return to New York.
Legal US residents - students, people on business trips - were suddenly not allowed to return to their homes, families and jobs in the US.
Kenya is not part of the order, but tell that to the two Kenyans with Muslim names trying to return to Houston. I spent the entire morning empathising with ‘those’ poor people. Then someone who could not resist being a part of the controversy, put out a flyer on Facebook stating that Kenyans would be granted only 100 visas to the US in 2017.
My blood froze. I had been thinking about returning to the US and there would be no way my Kenyan husband would fall into the pool of the ‘Lucky 100’ after businessmen and politicians had their way.
I was genuinely frightened and saddened at the prospect of my family not being able to be together if I left. It was of course a hoax, but it was THAT moment that made me one of ‘THOSE’ people.