Speaking out against Trump is the right thing to do

By Sara Vargas

The California State University’s system-wide stance against President Donald Trump’s immigration order marked a much-needed first step for future actions in defense of our university’s values of justice and inclusion.

By speaking out, we continue to stay true to who we are as a university.

University President Soraya M. Coley’s signature on the CSU statement against the federal actions spoke eloquently on behalf of some 23,000 Cal Poly Pomona students and more than 2,000 staff and faculty members.

Voicing opinions makes a huge impact in a world where the president of the United States looks to Twitter as a place to voice his own opinions.

While Trump is dividing this country, CPP is confidently expressing its stance on diversity and acceptance” two elements we have embraced over the years to help move forward as a united country that our previous leaders have worked so hard to build ” and rightfully so. Thankfully, the appeals court sees it that way as well.

Two weeks ago, the new president restricted immigration from seven Muslim countries, suspended all refugees from entering the U.S. for 120 days and blocked Syrian refugees from the country indefinitely.

A federal appeals court last week blocked the policy in a unanimous vote, allowing citizens from the banned countries to enter the U.S.

Our community may be just one small part of the country, but that will never silence us from standing up together as one large unit.

One of our university’s core values is the celebration of diversity, which is key to what makes us unique.

The value focuses on embracing the differences in others and “ensuring that the campus community reflects the state and region it serves.”

Thus, it only makes sense for us to speak out against injustice.

By speaking out, we continue to stay true to who we are as a university.

In a society where voicing our opinions is a First Amendment right, we cannot let someone of higher authority stop plans and potentially ruin people’s futures.

Many were uneasy about the executive order, but by being a part of a community like CPP, students and faculty members can feel safe and protected ” two important aspects needed during this time of so much unknown.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the court also felt that “the public has an interest in free flow of travel, in avoiding separation of families and in freedom from discrimination.”

We should be inspired to continue moving forward because of the university presidents we have as leaders in the CSU system, as well as our court system that has the public’s best interests in mind.

Now that the ban is blocked, CPP’s joint statement is still important because it expressed the importance of diversity, and how we, as a community, are helping society progress even if Trump does not see it that way.

Sara Vargas is very interested in social issues.

Members of CPP

Jesse Rosales / The Poly Post

Members of CPP’s Muslim Student Association led a protest against actions of President Donald Trump’s administration

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