Last week, U.S. President Donald Trump signed a series of immigration-related executive orders that resulted in a week of uncertainty and chaos in the United States of America. Here’s what happened in brief:
- Wednesday: Trump moved ahead with his long-promised wall on the Mexican border via executive order. He also ordered to slash federal funding from “sanctuary” states and cities that harbor illegal immigrants.
Mexico has taken advantage of the U.S. for long enough. Massive trade deficits & little help on the very weak border must change, NOW!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 27, 2017
- Friday: Trump issued an executive order that temporarily barred travelers from Syria, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, all Muslim-majority countries. Chaos and protests ensued.
- Saturday: The Department of Homeland Security said the ban extended to travelers holding green cards, legal permanent residents of the United States. The department later rolled back the ban on green card holders the next day.
Our country needs strong borders and extreme vetting, NOW. Look what is happening all over Europe and, indeed, the world – a horrible mess!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 29, 2017
If the ban were announced with a one week notice, the "bad" would rush into our country during that week. A lot of bad "dudes" out there!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 30, 2017
And here’s how students are reacting to the saga:
1. Naturally, those affected were angry and afraid.
2. They took action – some had to make difficult decisions, while others were moved to their political awakening.
Great blog from my student on last night's protest in Plymouth: No to racism, no to Trump; my first protest https://t.co/cEFhlLVcXj
— Dr Abigail McQuatters-Gollop アビゲイル (@anaturalstate) January 31, 2017
3. Many prayed for their friends and anyone caught by the sudden change in law:
Pray for CAU PhD Student who's stuck in Saudi Arabia ☹️
— Alexis Grace (@alexissgraceee) January 29, 2017
(Translated : So much respect for Yuna. Really worried about students studying in the U.S. Stay safe guys!)
4. Some got sarcastic with the Trump administration
Trump: Student Loan forgiveness will be provided to those who help build the wall.
— 🇬🇾The Husky Home Wrecker🇬🇾 (@QUEbaGoodingJr) January 31, 2017
— Badmon Zae 🇯🇲 (@zaemynameplz) January 31, 2017
5. They even offered suggestions of future bans to the new administration.
Why couldn't Trump ban important things like the rest of my student loans?
— The Raybould Brothers (@RaybouldBrosPod) January 28, 2017
President Trump has made many promises on his campaign trail. Will he uphold them all as he did last week?
We’ll be keeping an eye on @realdonaldtrump to find out!