A Call for Sanctuary

NYU students walk out to demand a sanctuary campus, November 16 (Erik McGregor)

We all know what Donald Trump promised he’d do on immigration, ever since he launched his campaign in 2015 with a declaration of war against Mexican immigrants, whom he shockingly branded as rapists and criminals. The famous promise to build a wall (“big and beautiful”) along the southern border, paid for by Mexico. A “deportation task force” to rid the country of 11 million undocumented immigrants, and possibly legal ones too, the criminals and “bad hombres.” Ban Muslims from entering the country, or people from countries with large Muslim populations, or make all Muslims in the United States register. Cancel on day one all of President Obama’s executive orders, including the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program, in effect since 2012, that has given reprieve from deportation to some 750,000 young people who came to the United States as children. The specter of raids and round-ups in factories, fields and communities, of college students yanked out of their classes, of the Statue of Liberty replaced with a thirty-foot by 2000-mile wall as the nation’s message to immigrants—the horror of it is breathtaking. Read more


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