Drop the Muslim Ban, Mr. President

Dear President Trump,

Well, Mr. President, I have received another one of your stock emails, given that I have registered on your whitehouse.gov website. Yesterday, you proudly told me that “under [your] leadership, the United States will be the world’s great magnet for innovation and job creation.”

How is that possible, Mr. President, when you seek to prevent Muslims from entering the United States? At least one hundred and twenty-seven (127) companies – including, e.g., Apple, Facebook, Google, Levi Strauss & Co., Rocket Fuel, Inc. – now have joined in an amicus brief decrying the lack of wisdom of your Muslim ban. Here’s what their brief says about your Executive Order:

It creates “inflicts significant harm on American businesses, innovation, and growth … [and] makes it more difficult and expensive for U.S. companies to recruit, hire, and retain some of the world’s best employees. It disrupts ongoing business operations. And it threatens companies’ ability to attract talent, business, and investment in the United States.

At least sixteen (16) institutions of higher education – including many in states that voted for you – have likewise opposed your Executive Order. Our business and academic leaders are telling you that your Executive Order, banning Muslims, will prevent their businesses and universities from hiring the best and brightest talent from overseas, to the detriment of our country’s well-being.

You deem the United States a “magnet” under your leadership? That is laughable, when you want to build a wall around us and when you pursue a flawed policy that thumbs its nose at the rest of the world.

I suggest, sir, that it’s time for you to listen to America’s business leaders and academic leaders. Give up on your Executive Order banning Muslims.

Very truly yours,

Bruce J. Berger


About brucejberger

Bruce J. Berger has published his short fiction in a variety of print and on-line literary journals, including Prole, Jersey Devil Press Anthology, The Awakenings Review, Raphael's Village, Eastown Fiction, Black Magnolias Literary Journal, and others. He also publishes shorts stories for Amazon's Kindle. He is pursuing his MFA in Creative Writing at American University beginning in August 2015.
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