The Daily Northwestern: Panelists critique Trump immigration policies at Democratic Party of Evanston forum
On April 30th, 2017 The Daily Northwestern reports:
The executive orders offended me as an American more than they offended me as a Muslim,” said panelist Ahmed Rehab, executive director of the Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. “There’s a reason why (immigrants) chose to be Americans … and the reason is the values of America.”
Rehab said the “demonization” of immigrants was sparked by Trump’s rhetoric on the campaign trail, and that the executive orders are a continuation of such rhetoric.
“We MUST have strong borders and stop illegal immigration,” Trump tweeted in 2015. “Without that we do not have a country. Also, Mexico is killing U.S. trade. WIN!”
During a February news conference, Trump defended his immigration policies, saying they are geared toward increasing U.S. security by expelling criminals and inhibiting terrorists from entering the country.
Though the executive orders represent a “darker side of America,” Rehab said they also inspired a civil rights movement that evoked protests, marches and rallies.
“It is local government standing up for the people,” Rehab said. “Foremost it’s the people — the protests on the ground, the attorneys helping at the airports — resisting the forms of fascism we’re seeing at the highest levels of government.”'