Thoughts about the U.S. Administration Ban Affecting Refugees and Immigrants Entering the U.S. this Weekend,     January 29, 2017 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1035)

I truly believe that if you plant the seed of helping others when a person is young—by participating in fundraisers like “Trick or Treat for UNICEF” that benefited children around the world, which was popular when I was a kid, seeking monetary donations for UNICEF instead of candy for ourselves—then you help to nurture a giving and/or social justice  mindset in that individual.

And when celebrities or public figures make statements or through their actions make their charitable and compassionate sentiments known, that has an impact on all of us—in encouraging our own charitable, community building, and inclusiveness efforts.  For example, yesterday the talented British actor Richard Armitage retweeted one of his pictures from last year when Mr. Armitage and his Berlin Station cast mates visited a refugee camp in Germany and played with the kids there (below).  I tweeted my appreciation to Mr. Armitage with the following comment:  This photo of your visit to a refugee camp last year is a great reminder to all that refugees are families, just like us, needing our help.



So when a new social or government policy that is executed is believed to be ill considered and even detrimental to the common good—and in direct contradiction to the law of the land–it behooves those who take issue with that policy to state their objections in rejecting that policy.

And the recent heartwarming outpouring of support by individuals in communities, non-governmental agencies/organizations like the ACLU and others, current and former public servants, and other government leaders near and far to object to a policy that would discriminate against persons for their religious beliefs and heritage, their country of origin—or some other aspect of individuals, be it gender, ethnicity, race, etc.—in the hope of aiding those discriminated against, is a civics lesson in building a better society by coming together to advocate for others’ well-being, especially those individuals in peril who have had to flee their homes in order to seek a safe place to live and raise their families.


And the legal protests in favor of the detained refugees and immigrants won!  Another ACLU site link about the legal win also has a link to the Judges stay against the ban. Finally, The Boston Globe share the story about the legal win against the refugee/immigrant ban—some outcomes were happy ones (see below), but unfortunately, with an example of one family being returned to their country of Syria, and  that they “were not allowed to call or contact their family in the United States before being removed [sent back to Syria on a plane]”, before the courts could act and affect them.
“Baharak Bahmani greeted her husband Hamed Hosseini-Bay at Boston’s Logan Airport after he was held for hours after his flight from Iran.” Boston Globe, January 29, 2017.

The discriminatory events of this past weekend by denying entry to those individuals (refugees and immigrants with permits) who had already been approved by our country to enter, have been and are distressing.  Yet our citizens and leaders protesting and launching legal challenges to that discrimination, are the kinds of actions and beliefs that built this country—the United States—from the ground up.  We are not perfect—no country is.  And we have to live with our shame of that every day.

Yet each of us can make a positive difference by vowing to be and to do better and by opening our hearts and minds to others—and by requiring our leaders to do the same.

The United States is a country made up of citizens from many countries.   Our nation is a beautiful and strong tapestry of varied cultures,  varied heritages, and limitless individuals’ contributions and sacrifices, that have shaped the formation and the building of our country.  Let us not break the threads of that tapestry and diminish its luster by removing the very threads that bind us together in our humanity.

But rather, let us continue to add to our nation’s tapestry’s beauty and strength– with new members/immigrants/future citizens (poem excerpt, below) who possess talents and skills and heart and other numerous contributions to share.  Just as we share with them what is euphemistically referred to as “the American Dream”, building bonds of friendship one person and one family at a time.  Hugs & Love!



P.S. And here is the Emma Lazurus poem from the Statue of Liberty  in song, poignantly sung by children:

About Gratiana Lovelace

Gratiana Lovelace is my nom de plume for my creative writing and blogging. I write romantic stories in different sub genres. The stories just tumble out of me. My resurgence in creative writing occurred when I viewed the BBC miniseries of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North & South in February 2010. The exquisitely talented British actor portraying the male lead John Thornton in North & South--Richard Crispin Armitage--became my unofficial muse. I have written over 50 script stories about love--some are fan fiction, but most are original stories--that I am just beginning to share with others on private writer sites, and here on my blog. And as you know, my blog here is also relatively new--since August 2011. But, I'm having fun and I hope you enjoy reading my blog essays and my stories. Cheers! Grati ;-> upd 12/18/11
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22 Responses to Thoughts about the U.S. Administration Ban Affecting Refugees and Immigrants Entering the U.S. this Weekend,     January 29, 2017 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1035)

  1. Wendy says:

    Grati Thank you for your heartfelt words I agree with everything that you said. It has been a very sad day when we forget our humanity. It seems that there is South dissent, changing the words of the Holocaust memorial statement, sacking senior men on the NSC and replacing them with Bannon. I was in tears this afternoon seeing the chaos at airports. However there are good people wanting to do right and I hope that spirit prevails. Whatever was PM May thinking of by holding hands shame. The Australian PM wasn’t much better either. I am glad that Richard has spoken out well done for him. Hugs Wendy

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    • Hi Wendy,
      Thanks so much for your kind comment about my post/essay. I appreciate it! I actually had a different post planned, but when I read what was happening to refugees being denied entry and immigrants returning to the U.S. also being denied entry to the U.S. on Saturday–even though both groups of peoples had valid Visas, etc–I knew that I had to switch to the topic of my essay above.
      To me, I feel it is important to lend my small but hopeful voice to others also promoting human rights, decency, fairness, “the rule of law”, compassion, etc. As we saw over the weekend, when people stand together for what is right–protesting the ban of refugees and immigrants from “certain” countries in person at airports where those affected are being detained, heightened levels of social media with private individuals and public figures/celebrities alike lending their voices of protest, news media reporting updates with facts, and organizations like the ACLU filing legal challenges to a policy that flouts the rule of law–then decency wins.
      Hugs & Love! Grati ;->


  2. January 29, 2017–Thanks for liking/starring this post! I’m glad that you enjoyed it! Cheers! Grati ;->



  3. January 29, 2017–In addition to Rep. Setj Moulton’s denouncing the ban that I hyperlinked above : ,

    I also wanted to highlight Rep. John Lewis also staged a “sit in” at an airport in solidarity and to seek information about Iranian detainees (Thanks to Woodstock&Snoopy for the link!):


  4. January 29, 2017–Guylty has a particularly meaningful post about the ban on refugees and immigrants as it relates to the Holocaust:


    • Guylty says:

      Thank you for linking, Grati.
      You have written such an eloquent, poignant post, too. I can’t say how happy I am to read these posts and tweets and comments from my fellow Armitage fans. We are such a diverse group, from different countries, backgrounds, ages, nationalities etc. That is another motivation for me to speak out when I see discrimination happening, because the “internationality” of it, is one of its most fascinating and positive characteristics. You so beautifully evoked the picture of a “beautiful and strong tapestry of varied cultures, varied heritages, and limitless individuals’ contributions and sacrifices” for your country. That is exactly the point. It is beautiful BECAUSE of its variety. That applies to all countries. We can’t let that come under threat.

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      • Hi Guylty, You’re most welcome for the link to your lovely essay post about the new Ban of Muslims from certain countries preventing them from entering the U.S.!
        And thank you for your very kind words about my essay post! I appreciate them more than I can say.
        I also find the many expressions by Armitage fans and others–of disgust for the new policy ban of refugees and immigrants–to be heartwarming and hopeful. We have one island home, Planet Earth. And it behooves us all to learn to live together in harmony–opposing tyranny when we must.
        Thanks & Hugs & Love! Grati ;->


  5. January 29, 2017–Sir Mo Farah, Somali born, British Olympic Gold medal (in London and in Rio) long distance runner who lives in the U.S. gives his views against the U.S. banning immigrants in the U.S. via a British Sky News article:

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  6. January 29, 2017–Holocaust Remembrance Day was Friday January 27th

    On Friday, prior to the Saturday Muslim ban debacle, Esther at her Book of Esther blog shared a poignant post about the Holocaust Remembrance Day:

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    • Esther says:

      Thanks, Grati! I just linked back to your post as well. :)
      It’s heartening to see that other fellow Armitage fans feel the same horror at the turn of events under President Trump…

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      • Hi Esther, Your most welcome for my sharing your link–and thanks for sharing my link! The outpouring of outrage at the ban and compassion for those affected is heartwarming! RA Fans are great! Hugs & Love! Grati ;->


  7. January 29, 2017–And former Secretary of State Madeline Albright had come out in support of Muslims by stating that she was ready to register herself as one if the U.S. instituted a registry:

    Image from BBC news via Reuters:


  8. January 29, 2017–Just a random thought:


  9. January 29, 2017–The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) shares a bit more about the seven countries singled out by the U.S. President’s ban on refugees and immigrants entering the U.S.:

    “Countries Under U.S. Entry Ban Aren’t Main Sources of Terror Attacks”, January 29, 2017


  10. January 29, 2017–Actress/singer Bette Midler shared a link to a Teen Vogue article explaining how President Trump is “gas lighting” America by dismissing facts that don’t agree with his own opinions:


  11. January 29, 2017–UNHCR giving us definitions of differing levels of refugee status:


  12. January 29, 2017–Perry (Thanks!) had alluded to this earlier in a Facebook post, and now the NYTimes has an article about Trumps bans not affecting countries that his company does business with:

    P.S. Unfortunately, I can’t actually see the article because I have reached my free reading limit for the NYTimes online this month. And popping for $.99 per day is a little steep for me right now with all the medical equipment I’m having to buy. So I welcome your comments about your thoughts about this article. Cheers!


  13. January 30, 2017–Perry at her Armitage Agonistes blog also has an interesting post about the current administration’s Muslim ban that was rejected over the weekend:

    “Life in the Fan Lane”:

    And here was my/Grati’s comment to her essay:
    Great post! I haven’t seen the “Judgement at Nuremburg” film in a very long time. The film is excellent as I recall. And once again in our lives, we can see chilling parallels between history then and developing history now.

    And as I had said elsewhere previously, we (U.S. citizens) have to hope *and* advocate that our nation’s “checks and balances”–created as a way to diminish and to disempower any one person’s or organization’s power and influence from corrupting our core values of freedom, decency, ethics, and fairness, etc.–through institutions, the constitution, and carefully crafted laws, that will stem the tide of facism and discrimination (in this case) to prevent history from repeating itself. And this weekend we saw those “checks and balances” work with the new administration’s ban on Muslims from certain countries thwarted!

    It is clear that these “checks and balances” will need to keep working for the foreseeable future–with the current U.S. administration ignoring their failure this past weekend, and them trying to co-opt the condemnation and then reversal outcomes as “par for the course”, hinting that this was only “round one”.

    And that *need* makes me slightly wishing for a more British approach to political party *tenure status*. When the Prime Minister of England and his party cannot get approval nor support for their *initiatives*, they resign and the opposition party forms a new government. In the U.S., we have to wait four long years to the next election for change in leadership–unless, of course, the political party currently in power “grows a pair” and impeaches him.


  14. January 30, 2017–Keith Olberman provides political commentary at GQ online with his video series “The Closer with Keith Olbermann”. I have watched a few of these over the last two months and he powerfully makes sense with regard to the current Administration.

    Today in Episode 27–suggested by my hubby–Mr. Olbermann voices an apology and a hopeful promise:


  15. January 31, 2017–Thanks to Terri for sharing this inspiring and “clarifying” quote about who a liberal is by the late President John F. Kennedy:


  16. January 31, 2017–Disturbing firing of the U.S. Attorney General Sally Yates by the President because she would now uphold his EO about the refugee/immigrant ban–due to her concerns that the ban might be unconstitutional. Kudos to Attorney General Yates for her integrity.


  17. January 31, 2017–Thanks to Richard Armitage (British Actor), who retweeted his essay from last year on his experiences volunteering at the German camp for refugees:


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