The executive orders this past week blocking and deporting immigrants and refugees from 7 Muslim-majority countries are the antithesis of the basic founding principles of this country. While our community encompasses a range of generations from international and first generation to fourth and beyond, we are all immigrants who have been taught to see the U.S. as a land of opportunity and freedom. With these new policies, we must now question this.
It is heartbreaking, frustrating, and disappointing to see this new Presidential Administration disregard constitutional law, basic human rights, and decades of progress. Beyond these orders, his rhetoric has spawned a wave of Islamophobia across this country - from burning mosques to other violent hate crimes. As the Asian Pacific Student Coalition, we refuse to stay passive and vainly wait for Trump to change his tune because he has already been showing his true colors this entire time.
As Asian Pacific Islanders, we are no strangers to discriminatory legislation. In the 1880s, there was the Chinese Exclusion Act. In 1923, the U.S. declared Asian Indians ineligible for citizenship. In 1924, the Immigration Act virtually limited all Asian immigration. The list goes on. Islamophobia has endangered our friends and families who, because of their faith, have to live with fear and emotional duress and we must support them. Discrimination is a moving target - no one has the luxury to stay silent. We must collectively use our voices and our votes to show that no one - no matter what shape of office they sit in - has the power to enact such irresponsible and morally reprehensible policies.
APSC supports and will always support all members of our community, regardless of religion or documentation status. Along with the Pan-Asian American Community House (PAACH) and other campus resources, we are working to build safe spaces for anyone who is seeking support and community. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you are looking to organize, learn, or just a friend to talk to.