Armies of resistance are massed in the streets, representing a symbol of opportunity for passionate Democrats optimistic towards change in this drastic, new political era of President Trump.
In a brief span of 30 days, Trump dove head first into an explosion of executive orders in an attempt to deliver his unmistakably far-fetched campaign promises. Having passed 12 executive orders within three weeks, American policies on climate change, public safety and immigration have shifted, alongside our deep rooted American values.
A few short months ago, America was labeled a front runner in global climate change, launching the start of an era in which the US would become the leader of change for the rest of the global community to follow. But, little to our surprise, Trump deems climate change a hoax created by the Chinese, and our nation has retreated towards an age of traditionalist conservatism. In a swift, thoughtless process, President Trump ordered the re-authorization and rapid completion of the Dakota Access and the Keystone XL pipelines, two controversial infrastructure projects allowing for easier transportation of fossil fuels across North America. This contentious move fulfills Trump’s “Day One” promise of weakening the regulatory procedures blocking the pipelines. Not only have we seen his cabinet become occupied by the most extreme hard-right ideological, fossil fuel-oriented appointments in history; we have seen that environmental conservation falls low on his bar of critical issues.
Secondly, Trump signed a series of orders seeking to abolish sanctuary cities in the U.S., and to ensure jurisdictions are made solely to enforce federal immigration law. Trump released an executive order supporting immigration enforcement and encouraging punishment of local governments who resist federal authorities. Sanctuary cities in the U.S. are places in which local law enforcement policies restrict the persecution of undocumented immigrants to federal authorities. Immigration was a central pillar in Trump’s campaign, giving off the notion American crime and violence arose through the residency of immigrants.
In November 2015, the Islamic State mounted devastating attacks in Paris, gunning down more than a hundred people at a rock concert, in restaurants and outside a soccer stadium. In response, Trump declared future radical measures he would impose on Muslims seeking to enter the United States if elected. To what came as a disappointing shock, his nightmarish initiatives employed for political advantage actually became a reality. In Trump’s supremacist aggression, he represented a new form of Republican; extreme radicalism. His ban on immigration fundamentally conflicts with America’s long-standing values, undermines our country’s economic versatility, and strangles our ability to harness the talent of immigrant workers.
America stands as a beacon to the world as a refuge for the tired, the poor, the huddled masses yearning to breathe free. Trump, after failing to win the popular vote, has acquired no mandate for his actions, and is steamrolling through a surfeit of unconstitutional executive orders.