President Trump's Islamophobic policies backfire - Part II

24 February 2017 21:32 in Qubes
President Trump's Islamophobic policies backfire - Part II

His "Muslim ban" raises global awareness on "My Muslim Neighbor"

Even some US officials slam the ban


In addition to legal challenges by a number of federal judges, there were also numerous cases of local officials and lawmakers that either took part in the anti-Muslim ban protests or made public comments against Trump's discriminatory order.


Assistant Commissioner Kavita Pawria-Sanchez of New York City mayor's office of immigrant affairs described Trump's decree as a "disgrace" and said Mayor de Blasio was on the side of protesters against the Muslim ban, noting: “What happened today was an absolute disgrace to our values as a city, community and country.”


She then added, “We are so proud to stand beside you in this fight for over 3 million immigrant New Yorkers. We know that New York is the city that has perhaps the largest Muslim population in the entire country.”


New York's City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito also took part in one of the protest rallies at the city's John F. Kennedy Airport, saying: "I'm here to say I add my voice to the resistance."


Even hawkish senators from Trump's own Republican Party dismissed his anti-Muslim decree. Senators John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of North Carolina issued a joint statement saying, “This executive order sends a signal, intended or not, that America does not want Muslims coming into our country. That is why we fear this executive order may do more to help terrorist recruitment than improve our security.”


International reactions and protests


Numerous demonstrations were also waged in major cities and capitals across the world at or near American diplomatic missions to condemn Washington's controversial measure targeting Muslims as well as Trump's discriminatory policies.


Thousands of protesters marched in 14 Canadian cities, including the capital, Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver to denounce the ban. In downtown Toronto, protesters marched near the US Consulate, chanting anti-Trump slogans and holding placards that read, “Refugees welcome” , “Impeach Trump” and “White supremacy kills.”


Major rallies slamming the visa ban were also held in major capitals across Europe  and Asia. Tens of thousands of people marched through the streets of British capital of London in days following his anti-Muslim decree chanting slogans against the US president as well as Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, who has voiced her support for Trump and was the first foreign leader to visit him in the White House.


In the French capital of Paris, hundreds of protesters marched near the city's Eifel Tower while carrying anti-Trump placards and banners. In the German capital of Berlin, demonstrators also took to the streets to protest the Muslim ban while chanting slogans such as “Berlin knows only the weak build walls” and “Fight ignorance, not immigrants.”


Similar protest rallies were held in Sweden's capital of Stockholm, the major Spanish city of Barcelona and most recently in Japan's capital of Tokyo and Belgian capital of Brussels.


In Italy, meanwhile, the European Union’s Foreign Policy Chief, Federica Mogherini, also blasted the US president, saying the continent will “celebrate” every wall which is torn down and “every new bridge that is built up.”


Anti-Trump protest activities also reportedly took place in several Asian countries such as the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan and India.


People in Mexico also waged large protest rallies across the country to express their anger against Trump's anti-immigrant policies as well as his offensive remarks about the Latin American nation and his demand that Mexicans should pay for the construction of a wall along the US-Mexico border.


US Tech giants challenge Trump's ban in courts


Nearly 100 technology companies -- including Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Netflix, Twitter, and eBay -- also united against Trump's executive order that blocked the entry of citizens from seven Muslim countries, filing a legal brief against the ban with the US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, arguing that it "inflicts significant harm on American business."


"The Order represents a significant departure from the principles of fairness and predictability that have governed the immigration system of the United States for more than fifty years," the brief from the companies stated.


Islamophobia exposed thanks to Trump?


Ironically, perhaps we need to be thankful to President Trump for playing a huge role in revealing to the American public the hateful and discriminatory nature of his policies towards immigrants as well as strategies to justify the bigotry, including Islamophobia.


Trump's extremist conduct, especially against Muslims, early into his presidential term has greatly backfired, leading Muslims and other people of faith across the US and elsewhere to come together and connect in ways that has never happened before. Muslim communities have opened their houses of worship or mosques for their neighbors to see and learn and feel at peace that Muslims ordinarily reject violence and indeed enjoy exercising kindness as a religious duty.


It also seems quite awesome that non-Muslims in the US and other Western nations have been inspired to befriend, welcome, and value their Muslim neighbors like any other fellow Americans and actually appreciate and build on some of their cultural differences to learn, discover and develop a more peaceful bond by firmly rejecting all sorts of bigotry and intolerance.


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