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The Ripple Effect

The Ripple Effect

@sexygaystweet • I'd like to talk about something important that has affected all of us the last couple of days — President Trump's Immigration Executive Order.

I tend to live in a bubble. I like my bubble. I enjoy my bubble. My bubble is safe. I tend to block out most of the world when I'm in my bubble, which can be a bad thing. (I'm working on it.) It took me about a day and a half to realize there was unrest in the world when Trump signed his executive order to ban people from seven countries from entering the U.S. I came out of my bubble dazed and confused. I started reading about people being detained at airports and being placed on another flight to go back home. Because they weren't welcome here.

I thought it was a sick joke. But it wasn't. So many lives were changed with the stroke of a pen. Who knew so much power was contained in that pen?

I know what it's like to be persecuted as a gay man, to live in fear, to retreat into my bubble. My heart broke as I read the stories of all the people who had been turned away by our country — our country founded on the notion we would accept immigrants. Do I think we need to revisit our immigration policies and procedures? Yes, but not like this. Not to leave people stranded without a place to go. We shouldn't turn our backs on anyone who wants a better life. That's not our way. We can do better. We deserve better. We need to stand unified now more than ever.