Political apathy

The executive order is no laughingstock (and yes, I did read the full six page document, thank you.) I was even right nearby the region when the 2015 San Bernardino attack took place, and I get that the U.S. has a reason to fear deadly attacks from foreign nationals. But considering where Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik are from, and also Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, aaaand the hijackers of the 9/11–is it any way meaningful to point out that the selection of countries for restricting visa waiver program were made under the Obama administration?

Yes, I get that President Trump is trying to fulfill a campaign promise, and that some Americans are tired of playing the world’s social security office, but I find it devastating that the White House would officially declare the entry of Syrian refugees “detrimental to the interests of the United States.”It’s not been a month and a half since the last harrowing offensive in Aleppo. Public goods such as, but not limited to, sympathy, unity, and diversity may be individually irrational to invest in, but once undermined bit by bit it is extremely difficult to collectively hitch it up again.

And hey, a year-end message of 2016 from Caltech’s president Thomas Rosenbaum:

The fabric of Caltech is richer and stronger because of our faculty and students from other nations. We are a global university that will continue to honor and cultivate talented individuals regardless of citizenship or immigration status.





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