Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Protest against Trump's Immigration Ban

The Art of Rhetoric of Technology and The Protest against Trump's Immigration Ban

Facebook is a place where anyone can share anything. To be honest, it keeps me updated on current events and anything that is happening. It is a place where people can post their opinions about whatever is happening and they can create a movement as well as spark one. Because of this, rhetoric of technology is rapidly advancing through time. I think it is a way that a person can communicate their ideas and values in this generation.

A current event that is hyped up right now is about Trump's immigration ban of the seven countries. As you guys may or may not remember those seven countries, those are Syria, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan, and Libya.

The executive order on this temporary immigration ban sparked outrage and fear. And the fact that these countries have a majority Muslim population is ridiculous. It shows how powerful technology and social media can persuade others that Muslims are all "terrorists." By signing this order, he is affecting people who needs the most support from powerful, developed countries.

According to Lena Masri, CAIR's national litigation director, "There is no evidence that refugees - the most thoroughly vetted of all people entering our nation - are a threat to national security. This is an order that is based on bigotry, not reality." I believe this is true, and because the way social media portrays Muslims, such as 9/11, of course people will start to develop fear after what happened. But come on now, this does not justify or prove that every Muslim is a terrorist that is a threat to national safety.

Ever since Trump passed his order on banning immigration visas from the seven countries for three months, it inspired protests nationwide. For example, in New York Battery Park, protesters joined together and marched opposing Trump's order. I think it is nice that we, the U.S. citizens, still show love and compassion towards refugees because we are a free country after all. Forgive me if the comment seemed biased, but we should understand that we are a diverse democracy where we shouldn't discriminate others regardless of their faith or ethnicity.

According to Andrew Buncombe the Independent, refugees come here for a better life and a myriad opportunities in our "great" nation. Why can't we be accepting and stop viewing other Muslims as terrorists? They are humans, too.

In regards to how rhetoric is being used by the media to persuade, it's persuading people that all Muslims are bad people. Facebook, television, and other media outlets are big factors that drive people to have that mindset towards Muslims. People need to come to a realization that our fear is driven by how the media sees Muslims.

We need to join together and spread awareness that Muslims are humans who are like us regardless of their beliefs. If we continue to let Trump or anyone do more things, like immigration banning of the seven countries, we will not be a nation of freedom. We would be a nation who shows no empathy towards people in war-torn countries, break many families' hearts who are affected by this, and abandon those who need our help.


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