Happy 4th of July!

sparkler-839806_640Hey Everyone!

Hope you’re all doing well!

To everyone here in the U.S. happy 4th of July.

To those of you who may be unfamiliar, the 4th of July is a holiday that celebrates America’s independence from Great Britain.

Admittedly, in this political environment it is difficult to be a proud American.

I, like many of my fellow Americans, am absolutely outraged and disgusted by our government’s decision to separate children from their parents at our southern border. Without a doubt, this was an inhumane and cruel decision.

I am also deeply disappointed by the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold a travel ban which prohibits immigrants from seven countries, one of which is Syria. This is especially disappointing considering the fact that the Syrian refugee crisis is one of the worst humanitarian crises of our times.

Despite all of this negativity, I have immense faith in the goodwill of the American people.

As an example, when the first travel ban was initiated, many Americans went to the international airports to protest this unfair travel ban. Some American women even wore headscarves in solidarity with the Muslim women who were affected by this ban. Also, many lawyers left their lucrative jobs, for many days, to go to the airports to help those who were impacted by this ban.

More recently, thousands of Americans all over the U.S. protested against the government’s decision to separate immigrant children from their parents at our southern border. These protests and condemnation had a role in forcing the president to reverse his child separation policy. I am hopeful that these protests will continue because those children that have already been separated must be reunited with their parents as soon as possible!

To my fellow Americans, one of the only ways that we can stop some of these injustices is to go out and vote in the upcoming November midterm election. I know that our current political environment is especially dark but we should never lose hope.

There was a time, not all that long ago, that America graciously welcomed refugees from all over the world. Thirty years ago, my parents left the war in Afghanistan and they each came to America with very few possessions and barely any money. They both worked very hard to establish a basic life for themselves. They then met each other and got married. After marriage they worked very hard together in order to provide a comfortable life for their children.

Their story is just one of millions of similar stories. I am truly hopeful that with the help of the younger generation, the United States will once again become a beacon of hope and a place of refuge for those that are in need of it.

I am hopeful that one day we will elect a government that actually works for the well-being of all of the American people and not just those that are extremely wealthy and also has compassion for those suffering outside of America’s borders!

 

With Love,

Yasmin

 

 

 

13 thoughts on “Happy 4th of July!

  1. As a matter of fact, everybody in your country, except the few remaining Native Americans, are immigrants… (OK, Native Americans too, but they came much long before

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  2. … Oh, my comment got cut and its second half, lost :/ but anyway, it was mostly my greeting for your Independence Day and my hope you are soon able to throw away this current administration from the White House. *A Big Hug* 🙂

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    1. Aww thank you so much for the kind words sis!! Yes I’m so tired of this crazy Administration I also hope that there will soon be a positive change soon at least in Congress ! Sending you lots of hugs!❤️

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  3. It is good to hear someone like you feel good about the US. I was born here and feel very ashamed of this country right now. I couldn’t celebrate yesterday. This is not the first time in our history that we have been cruel and unkind to ‘others’. We have a long history of it starting with African slaves we brought over and brutalized and how we continue to treat brown people in our country now. And then the horrible treatment of the Native people who were first here on this great land, which we took from them and how now we have ruined their culture into today. And the Japanese immigrants who came here and were put into internment camps and treated terribly. Unfortunately we in this country do not like to speak of the past and take responsibility for the bad things we did, unlike the way the Germans do now in regards to the holocaust. They understand that this was a dark part of their history and acknowledge it as such so it will never happen again. Because we don’t acknowledge, things like the most recent atrocity at the border repeats itself by our government because while we may think we are welcoming and fair, in practice we are not. It’s time we start to do more than talk and use our democracy to take action before we lose it altogether. I grateful for your positive attitude and thank you for letting me share my thoughts here.

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts! I really do appreciate it! You made a great point that unfortunately we as a nation have not truly learned from our past mistakes! I definitely agree with you that it’s not enough just to know our history but we need to take active steps to prevent such atrocities from continually occurring! And as you mentioned the best thing we can do is to actually vote!

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  4. Hi, Yasmin. I’m so glad you’re here now and Im glad your family also found refuge here. And because we all come from immigrant families, Americans are not hostile to legal immigrants, in fact many join groups to help them with housing, jobs, etc. It’s the wave after wave of illegals that causes the trouble and the bad reactions. Too many of them are drug or child traffickers. Too many have been deported, but come right back in at a different point. They disappear into the cities in small numbers and are not obvious to others until they commit another crime. Now that we are all here together, it’s time to work together toward a better future since no one can change the past. But we can learn from it.

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    1. Thank you so much for the kind words! I definitely agree with you that the overwhelming majority of Americans are certainly not hostile to legal immigrants. I definitely realize that we are a strong nation and we should have strong borders but I hope that we can also have compassion for those who are fleeing constant violence and/or extreme economic struggles. I love how you mentioned that we must all work together and learn from our past !

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