I am dismayed to hear Donald Trump propose the barring of Muslim people from immigrating to the United States. Muslims have as much right to be in the U.S. as anyone else. Trump is playing on the ignorance of some Americans by suggesting that any Muslim could be a terrorist. Certainly a few Muslims are terrorists, and there are Muslim terrorist organizations, but this does not imply that all Muslims hold these views.
In the same vein, Mr. Trump began his candidacy by denouncing Mexican immigrants as rapists and drug dealers. Again, some are, and some are members of drug cartels, but the majority are looking for better conditions in the U.S., and Trump should know better. He is confusing “some” with “all.” By his logic, or its absence, because some whites are murderers and violent criminals, all whites should be banned from the U.S. Is he suggesting that?
The sad but obvious truth is that a large bloc of potential voters support him despite these comments. This means these people hold similar sentiments about people different from themselves. The rights of immigrants are protected by the Constitution and proclaimed by the poem on the Statue of Liberty, but Trump and his supporters would do away with these rights.
Americans of conscience should not let that happen.
Sign Up and Save
Get six months of free digital access to The Tribune
Rouvaishyana, Los Osos