President Donald Trump issued an executive order Jan. 27 that restricts refugees from entering the country for 120 days and prevents immigrants from seven Muslim countries from entering the country for three months. These countries include: Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Yemen, Syria, and Somalia.
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder issued a press release Tuesday stating that he plans to be “part of the discussion” on immigration policy statewide.
“I plan to reach out to other governors and the presidential administration to completely understand the security processes and procedures in place and how the new executive orders might affect people trying to legally enter Michigan,” Snyder stated in a press release. “The President’s 120-day reassessment period is leading to a much-needed national dialogue on immigration policy, and I plan to be part of that discussion.”
Snyder said he supports both secure borders and immigration.
“I support safe and secure borders,” Snyder stated. “As the governor of Michigan, I also know firsthand the strong economic and entrepreneurial culture that has developed in our state because of the vast number of immigrants who have settled here for generations. Michigan has been one of the most welcoming states for legal immigration and properly vetted refugees. Michigan is the best place to live the American Dream and I will continue to encourage people to move here from other states and countries to fulfill their visions and find success.”
Grand Rapids Community College students expressed concern for their families and their fellow citizens’ families who are directly affected by the President’s order.
“This could be bad for me and my family,” said Tien Tran, 25, of Vietnam. “Many families that are being held have been here for years and have worked hard for their freedom for a long time.”
Elijah Lewis, 19, of Grand Rapids, said that he feels that this is going to cause major conflicts.
“From an African American standpoint, I feel like it’s taking away from what we and many other immigrants have fought for,” Lewis said. “I don’t think it’s fair, these people have been living here and are free to be here and now they are not being allowed to leave the airport.”
Molly Ludwig, 36, of Grand Rapids, added that she doesn’t like or support the order.
This is a disgrace because we are all immigrants,” Ludwig said. “I bet Donald Trump is from immigrants. Immigrants have built this country, we came to this country generations ago. This is a huge hypocrisy.”
Collegiate staffers Kayla Tucker, Rachael Yadlowsky, and Kevin Matienzo contributed to this report.