POTUS45 is wrong on immigration

This week DJT signed an executive order limiting all immigration from Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Yemen, and Syria, to the US and  refusing entry of anyone with these passports. I don’t think that this is the way. First, we have formal diplomatic relations with these governments and embassies in the US, what happens to diplomatic families? Second, the issue of allowing foreign nationals and refugees into the US has been a fundamental fabric of American society.  We are a nation of immigrants, even the POTUS’ family, all three wives, both daughters-in-law and son-in-law come from families of European decent. Why are we saying NO to this one group? 

What about those who helped or are helping with US military action forces since 2008? Why now? What if the US had stopped the flow of all Brits in 1790s and 1810s, Mexicans in 1820s and 1920s, Germans after WW1, Japanese after WW2, Koreans after 1950, or Vietnamese after 1965? How many of his staff, Cabinet, and the current Congress wouldnt have existed under these types of constraints?

Pandering to political bias doesn’t help fix the problem that most illegal immigrants come to the US legally and never go home, because the system is understaffed. Fix the system and create pro-peace policies abroad to stem the flow of refugees. By closing the border, companies and investors may limit involvement overseas, thus staggering economic growth. Free trade means open borders. 


Mark Twain Minimalism

I’ve taken the following excerpt from Joshua Becker’s Minimalism Devotional and redeveloped them in creativity writing prompts for students in my Psychology-Sociology class. I’ll post pictures as I produce work on Tuesdays. You can read his blog here.

Mark Twain has been credited as saying, “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” And I might add a third: the day you throw off any distraction and decide to pursue your purpose fully.
1. What experiences, both good and bad, have shaped your life?
2. What similarities can you recognize in your most notable achievements?
3. What problems in the world are you most passionate about solving?
4. If money were not an issue, what line of work would you be most drawn to?
5. Which dreams in your life do you feel the most regret for not pursuing harder?
6. What is the lasting legacy you want to leave?
7. Whom do you most admire in life? What specific characteristics of this person do you want to emulate?

You can read his blog here.
You can read his YouVersion Devotional here.