Trump: I’m Locking Up 5 Year Olds Because I Don’t Understand Visas
Bill and Ted, eat your heart out: we have a President who sets foreign policy with reference to “dudes.” On Twitter yesterday:
You are probably aware that a 5-year-old boy was locked up, detained by Trump government agents as the result of Donald Trump’s ideas about “dudes” somehow rushing the border within days of being informed of an imminent border closure. Trump’s willingness to strand 5-year-old children in detention for the sake of a surprise idea based on “bad dudes” storming over the border reveals not only a startling lack of empathy, but also an amazing lack of basic knowledge regarding the length of time required for foreigners to obtain permission to visit the United States on even the simplest of tourist, non-immigrant visas. The best possible wait time for an appointment to submit a visa application is one day, and at many U.S. consulates and embassies is significantly longer. After that, an additional processing day is involved before a visa is issued.
All this means that even if our U.S. embassy and consulate staff were approving visas for terrorists willy-nilly, which they aren’t, the “bad dudes” still wouldn’t be able to get permission to enter the country for two days. If Donald Trump had a shred of compassion or human kindness for the actual immigrants who have spent years being vetted before gaining permission to travel to the United States, he could have allowed two days’ notice for families, students, children, scientists, doctors, nurses, hospital workers and legitimately suffering, vetted refugees to enter the country rather than be stranded, alone, detained and deported. Like that innocent five-year-old boy.
Enough with the “dudes” talk, Donald Trump. There is no moral or even technical excuse to justify your choice. No excuse at all.