With the Trump administration and believe that:
• There are no “Alternative Facts”, only truths or lies
“Alternative facts” is a phrase used by Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway during a Meet the Press interview on January 22, 2017, in which she defended White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer‘s false statement about the attendance at Donald Trump‘s inauguration as President of the United States. When pressed during the interview with Chuck Todd to explain why Spicer “utter[ed] a provable falsehood”, Conway said “Don’t be so overly dramatic about it, Chuck. You’re saying it’s a falsehood, and … our press secretary, Sean Spicer, gave alternative facts to that.” Todd responded by saying “Look, alternative facts are not facts. They’re falsehoods.”
• Freedom of religion is one of our founding principles and by definition, must not exclude any religion
On the campaign trail, Trump called for things like a national registry of Muslims and a ban on Muslims entering the U.S. As soon as in office Trump signs an executive order that suspends new-refugee admissions for 120 days and blocks travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries — Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia — for 90 days. Syrian refugees are banned indefinitely.
Federal judges in several states declared the order unconstitutional, releasing hundreds of people who were stuck at US airports in limbo. The White House continues to defend the action, insisting it was “not about religion” but about “protecting our own citizens and border.” However, the executive order now provides grounds to ISIS’ claims that the US is targeting Muslims and helps ISIS radicalizing more disenfranchised persons.
• Racism including White Supremacy is not acceptable
The Trump administration wants to revamp and rename a U.S. government program designed to counter all violent ideologies so that it focuses solely on Islamist extremism, five people briefed on the matter told Reuters.
The program, “Countering Violent Extremism,” or CVE, would be changed to “Countering Islamic Extremism” or “Countering Radical Islamic Extremism,” the sources said, and would no longer target groups such as white supremacists who have also carried out bombings and shootings in the United States.
With the appointment of former Breitbart chief Stephen Bannon as a permanent member of President Donald Trump’s National Security Council and White House chief strategist, white nationalist forces in America have achieved what Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, and Stonewall Jackson could only dream of: a revanchist, retrograde ethno-nationalist at the highest levels of the United States government.
• Attacks on freedom of the press cannot be tolerated
Trump refers to journalists as “dishonest,” “disgusting” and “scum.” When Trump lies – claiming, for example, “massive voter fraud” in the election, and that he “won in a landslide” – and the media call him on those lies, Trump claims the media is lying. Even televised satires he labels “unfunny, one-sided, and pathetic.”
After a classified report summarizing the Trump dossier had been given by intelligence officials to President Obama, Mr. Trump and congressional leaders, the full dossier was published by BuzzFeed. This led Mr. Trump to call BuzzFeed “a failing pile of garbage” and denounce CNN as a “terrible organization” and “fake news.”
• A wall between nations solves no immigration issues
The number of illegal immigrants has been declining steadily in the last 10 years as shown in the graphics below (source).
We have about 11 million illegal immigrants and a job growth rate of about 2.6 million average jobs/year which offsets all illegal immigrants in about 4 years. The data in the table is from the Department of Labor that provides comprehensive labor statistics.
Building a wall will not bring jobs to the rust belt and will not keep illegal immigrants out. Most of the illegals are obviously employed and are contributing to our economy…
The cost of the wall could range from $12 billion-$15 billion which will definitely not be paid by Mexico as Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto reiterated clearly: “Mexico “will not pay for any wall”.
• Protectionism has no place in a globalized economy
Policies, such as the proposed border tax, will impair and slow U.S. growth. Consumers will pay more for their goods (because of high import taxes), which means they’ll have less spending power to spend on American goods. Other nations will retaliate by imposing import taxes as well, offsetting the proposed export tax credit. All in all we will end up with a large tax deficit and a shrinking economy. The consequences of protection are that we will be poorer and the world will be less safe.
• Providing safe haven to refugees is a humanitarian duty and moral imperative
Providing shelter to refugees is clearly spelled out in the Geneva Conventions (see Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees). The US has a long history of providing safe haven to refugees and is a party to the Geneva Conventions. We believe that we cannot turn our back to the most vulnerable group of persons but welcome refugees as we have in the past.
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