Former North Coast Representative Speaks Out Against President Trump’s Order Banning Immigration
The North Coast’s former representative to the US House of Representatives, Mike Thompson, posted a protest on Facebook today to President Trump’s order temporarily banning immigration from seven countries that have Muslim
The order caused chaos as those who had already passed the vetting process including refugee families, scientists who were on their way to jobs in the United States, students admitted to universities, and even employees of the U.S. Government were turned back as they arrived in the airport or even before they left.
One woman who has a Ph.d from an American University was overseas visiting family when she was warned that the order might go through. She quickly bought a ticket home to South Carolina and made it through the first leg of the journey before she was forced off the plane by US Transportation Security Administration officers.
She is quoted in Slate Magazine as saying,
“No one warned me when I was leaving [the U.S.], no one cared what will happen to my dog or my job or my life there,” she said. “No one told me what I should do with my car that is still parked at the airport parking. Or what to do with my house and all my belongings. They didn’t say it with words but with their actions, that my life doesn’t matter. Everything I worked for all these years doesn’t matter.”
Representative Mike Thompson, who now represents the 5th District, spoke out against the order. He argued, “We already have a vetting system for refugees that is thorough, exhaustive, and successful.” He pointed out that it takes two years for refugees to pass through interviews and background checks saying, “I don’t want anyone entering this country who could pose a threat to Americans, but intelligence officials have said our process works.”
He related the reason he is personally concerned with President Trump’s order. He wrote,
One of my interns was a refugee from Afghanistan. He risked his life to help our soldiers, and I did everything I could to help him build a new life in America. He’s hardworking, dedicated, and we are all better for having him here in our country.
It’s not right to turn our back on people. This isn’t the American way.
After immigrants and U.S. officials dealt with the chaotic situation today, a Federal Judge Ann M. Donnelly issued a temporary stay for those that have valid visas. This stopped deportations. However, those with visas who are not yet in the country are still unable to return.