A Letter From The Editors

A Letter From The Editors

Trojan Tribune Editors

In light of current events, the Trojan Tribune editors would like to say that we reject President Trump’s executive order to ban travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries indefinitely. We urge the administration not to appeal the recent court order halting the ban.
This ban is not only harmful to those who have sought refuge in the U.S., but also to those of us who made our home here, either a few years or twenty generations ago. It is harmful to our country as a whole.

Worse, the ban serves no practical purpose. It is purely symbolic. The nations targeted by the ban have not been sources of terrorist attacks in the United States. 0 of the 19 9/11 hijackers came from from the 7 banned nations.
The Statue of Liberty is a symbol of hope for the world. It is the visual representation of the American dream. Inscribed on its plinth is a poem by Emma Lazarus called “The New Colossus.” The closing of that poem is well known: “Give me your tired, your poor/ Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free/ The wretched refuse of your teeming shore./ Send these, the homeless, tempest- tost to me/ I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Perhaps less well known: Earlier in the poem Lazarus refers to Lady Liberty as “Mother of Exiles.”
The theory of the Statue, the theory of the poem, is that we are here for those who need us. It has not always been easy or smooth, but we are here for everyone, even those who seem strange or who do not worship or speak as we do. In theory, we are a place of opportunity for anyone who seeks it and a home to those who can not be where they once were.
We believe that is a noble principle, and that it has worked to the advantage of our nation for all of our history. In the words Lin-Manuel Miranda (a New Yorker of Puerto Rican ancestry) put in the mouth of Alexander Hamilton (born on the Caribbean island of Nevis): “Immigrants. We get the job done!”
We fear the visa ban will effectively end this principle. We fear it will present us in a light of desperation and ignorance.
If “the land of the free and the home of the brave” is cowardly enough to turn away millions, then we are not as heroic as we like to believe.
We understand that many of your families have been affected by this ban, whether directly or indirectly. We regret this and reject this hatred and bigotry.
In school, we learn history in order to build for the future. History has many lessons for this moment. We have seen the doors of America close to ships full of Jews fleeing the Holocaust, turned away because of fear. Out of fear we sent loyal citizens of Japanese ancestry to internment camps, a decision upheld by the Supreme Court in a flawed decision that still stands today, ready to act as a precedent for another act of fear, 70 years later.
Fear can be a tool for hatred, but it can also be a tool for learning. We can no longer be scared. We stand with those excluded, and we stand proud.
If we don’t have diversity to challenge us…if we don’t have beliefs that can be shared…if we aren’t protected by the Constitution of the United States…are we even American?
The editors are unanimous. This action doesn’t represent our ideal of America.
To victims of the Trump Muslim ban: we are with you, hand in hand, no matter where you come from. We believe in the Mother of Exiles.
Be proud of our differences, Wayzata. Do not tolerate hatred and fear.