Trumpism Will Stop Refugee’s NSU Graduation Plan

In his only use of the word compromise in his acceptance speech last night, Republican Presidential nominee Donald J. Trump said “we must immediately suspend immigration from any nation that has been compromised by terrorism until such time as proven vetting mechanisms have been put in place. We don’t want them in our country.”

Dang—no visitors from France. And no more Northern students like Waleed Ahmed, a refugee from Egypt, which saw 1,000 terror-related deaths just last year.

Waleed Ahmed protested alongside his brother to topple the Mubarak regime and bring democracy to Egypt. He helped Syrian refugees in Cairo find jobs and affordable housing. Now he’s a refugee himself, here in Aberdeen, separated from his family, because the dictators who’ve kicked out that democracy would likely throw him in jail:

…Ahmed’s parents told him to stay in the U.S.

“I’m calling, and my family’s telling me, ‘They came last night,'” Ahmed said. “‘They took your computer and your brother’s stuff, so you probably should stay in America for a while.'”

His brother was arrested, spent time in prison, and eventually moved to Saudi Arabia where he works as an accountant, Ahmed said.

Now, anyone who speaks out against the Egyptian government is in danger of being arrested and those people are sometimes never heard from again, Ahmed said. It’s not the Egypt he was fighting for five years ago [Katherine Grandstrand, “Northern Student from Egypt Seeks Asylum in US,” Aberdeen American News, 2016.07.21].

Dang—I just went on the radio this morning and called our Republican Presidential nominee Mussolini. I live in no fear that government agents will confiscate my computer and arrest me. I am proud to live in a country that will offer Ahmed and other dissidents similar protection. Dissidents from countries stricken by unrest and terrorism need our help, not our fear and rejection.

Grandstrand reports that Ahmed gets no financial aid because he’s not a traditional international student. After waiting nine months to get a work permit, Ahmed is working full-time, with a second job during the summer, to pay for Northern entirely out of pocket. If we grant him asylum, he’ll be able to graduate next spring with a degree in political science. If we elect Donald Trump, Ahmed figures his stay at Northern is done:

“When he said that he was going to ban Muslims from entering … What if he’s going to be in power?” Ahmed said. “I don’t think I’ll even have a chance to give my case. What am I going to do? I’ll get deported probably, because I’m a Muslim applying for asylum in the United States, and he doesn’t want any Muslims to come here” [Grandstrand, 2016.07.21].

Waleed Ahmed is busting his chops far from home to equip himself with the education and skills to go back home and help his people. The only thing standing in his way is Trumpism. Help Waleed stay safe and finish his degree: reject Trumpism and vote for Hillary Clinton in November.


4 Responses to Trumpism Will Stop Refugee’s NSU Graduation Plan

  1. Roger Elgersma

    So Trump will not let any refugee in who was affected by terrorism. So what is the definition of a refugee. A refugee is someone who fled their country because they were terrorized into leaving. So Trump is saying that we will not allow any refugees in while he is president. But he also says that we will have a compassionate government. He actually takes all points of view and says them all so you all got to hear what you wanted and he is so inconsistent that we will know nothing of what he is for unless he gets elected.

  2. Darin Larson

    The terrorist attack in Germany now means that Trump will not allow Germans, French, British, Spanish, Italians, Czechs, Poles, Swedish, Norwegians or Danes into the US.

    I think people from Monaco will still be welcome because of their wealth (highest number of per capita millionaires and billionaires in the world. In addition, they will be welcome because Trump admires their gambling industry and ability to let non-citizens in to work, but send them home again after they have cleaned the hotel rooms.

  3. bearcreekbat

    Darin, don’t forget Canada:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_shootings_at_Parliament_Hill,_Ottawa

    But it looks like Cubans should be good to immigrate unless we deem the attempt to implement Operation Northwoods the equivalent of a terror attack:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Northwoods

    Otherwise it is hard to find another country as terrorist free as Cuba.

  4. mike from iowa

    If Rafael Cruz dad assassinated Kennedy we can say goodbye to that human stain sinator from Texas? Back to Cuba by way of Canada.