A week after the 2016 election, I was facetiming my sister to catch up and talk about Thanksgiving plans. She, her husband and my nephew (who just turned two 😍) would fly to Indiana to visit her in-laws and have lunch at our grandma’s house.
I told her Mom was really upset with Dad for not voting. Like, almost-walked-out upset.
Later, over Christmas, Mom and I would reflect on how this election radicalised us both. She’s since ridden a bus 18 hours to the Women’s March on D.C. and signed up to volunteer for the ACLU.
“Well, I didn’t vote for either of them,” Sissy said. “But I think she’s just making a big deal over nothing.”
“I don’t know. I have friends worried about the status of their marriages, or family members getting deported.”
“Well, I don’t think they have anything to worry about.”
I fired back: “Well, it must be nice not to have to live with the consequences of your decision, if you’re wrong.”
Unfortunately, as we know now: she was more wrong than right.
In the six weeks since Trump’s inauguration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) forces, part of the Dept of Homeland Security, have been emboldened by orders to pre-emptively raid homes and attack otherwise innocent migrants, including children who until now have been granted legal status in the U.S. by the DREAM Act. The Huffington Post tells one young woman’s story, along with her personal testimony:
I don’t understand why they don’t want me. I’m doing the best I can. I mean I can’t help that I was brought here but I don’t know anything else besides being here and I didn’t realize that until I was in a holding cell last night for 5 hours. I was brought here. I didn’t choose to be here. And when I was brought here, I had to learn a whole new country and leave behind the one that I did know. And I barely knew that one. I feel, I strongly feel that I belong here and I strongly feel that I should be given a chance to be here and do something good and work in this economy. There’s so much that I can bring to the table, so much, like I can even teach music, I’m an excellent trumpet player you can ask my mom about any of that. I’m great with math, I speak Spanish. You know, there’s a lot of stuff that I can do for this country that they’re not allowing me to do. I’ve even tried to join the military, and I can’t do that. But, I mean that’s not the point, the whole point is that I would do anything for this country.
I can forgive my family and the countless people I know who either voted for Trump or abstained from voting for the only candidate with a realistic chance of defeating him. But today? If you’re not mad in Trump’s America by now, we see you. And it’s not a flattering look.