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Monday, January 30, 2017

Writers Guild of America Blasts Trump’s Muslim Ban

Variety: The Writers Guild of America has blasted President Donald Trump’s ban on refugees and citizens from seven predominately Muslim countries from entering the United States.

“It is both unconstitutional and deeply wrong to say that you cannot enter our country because of where you were born or what religion you were born into,” said WGA West president Howard Rodman and WGA East president Michael Winship in a statement on Sunday.


Emily Lawrence said...

There became a point in time in which I became numb to all of the political news around me and honestly gave up on trying to understand why things are happening the way they are. But when I found out about the ban on countries, I was absolutely shocked. I never thought that the country founded on immigration and success would keep people from seeking refuge and safety and a new life. I am especially frustrated by the fact that a well-known, successful director might not be able to reenter the country where he helped create a beautiful piece of theatre. And the fact that he has been nominated for awards that are renowned by most Americans makes the whole thing even more disappointing. I am beyond livid at the fact that people who have been living here for most of their lives will not be able to return to the place they call home. It is honestly ridiculous. The current administration is taking the core basics of America and turning them on their sides when there is simply no reason to do it. Yes there may be concerns about terrorist attacks, but most terrorist attacks are done by Americans. The Muslim Ban should be blasted as it is not a justified order to make and should not have occurred without so little consideration.

Chris Calder said...

“No one can live entirely on their own, nor can any country or society exist in isolation.” This is a quote that I read after hearing about the ban on Muslims. Since when has the answer ever been to remove variables from the equation. This great nation was founded on the idea of immigration and opening doors to the world; closing them is only going to suffocate and diminish a quality that is so strong. Let’s take a convenience store for example. Said convenience store has a problem with shop lifting and the owner is looking for a way to solve this problem. Do you think his first instinct is going to be to close the store to everyone because of the shoplifter? No, of course not, they will take precautions to limit the crime, probably, but deciding to throw in the towel isn’t going to benefit anyone. Now I understand that it is hard to compare such a large-scale situation with this example, but when has complete isolation ever been a viable answer? Building walls, burning bridges and cutting ties seems like a great way of choking a great country. So please, tell me when it’s time to come up for air, because I’m not sure how much longer I can hold my breath.