Letter to the Editor: A Plea to Listen

Letter to the Editor: A Plea to Listen

“Disgusted and disappointed” are probably an understatement to how I feel. But the fact that the Trump administration believes that certain people don’t belong here just because they’re Muslims is not only un-American but inhumane. There was no right for our president to instate a “Muslim ban.”

The seven countries which he banned Muslims from entering are people who are leaving countries of hardship, poverty and war like Syria. Even more appalling was Dulles Airport’s harsh treatment of people who had entered the country over the weekend by detaining them and separating them from their families and holding them for up to 20 hours without food or water. Slate even called Dulles’ treatment of those detained “particularly cruel.”

Customs and Border Protection agents failed to comply with a federal court order which allowed “all legal permanent residents” detained access to legal aid and representation. Even when congressmen Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Don Beyer (D-VA), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), John Delaney (D-MD), and Bobby Scott (D-VA) tried reasoning with CBP agents, their calls went on deaf ears. New Jersey’s Sen. Cory Booker also came in to demand to speak with detainees.

We can see through condemnations from protestors to the CEOs of Starbucks and Apple that this is wrong. Will the administration do their duty and listen to their people?

Saira Bhatti