Novelists explore the impact of America’s immigration policy

(K. Brent Tomer),

DONALD TRUMP’S executive order of January 27th—alleged to protect “the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States”—has been widely condemned by writers. The Writers Guild of America attacked the order as “unconstitutional and deeply wrong”. Ammar Ali Hassan, an Egyptian novelist, has said that the order cements America’s status as “no longer the land of dreams”. Reza Aslan, an Iranian-American scholar, delivered a stinging chastisement of Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, who was “literally the first person in Congress” to voice support. Mr Aslan, who has written a biography of Jesus Christ, drew attention to Mr Ryan’s famine-stricken Irish ancestors who battled anti-Catholic sentiment when they arrived in America in 1851. “It seems like you’ve forgotten something,” Mr Aslan said. “You forgot your own identity. You forgot where you came from.”

Blasphemous though the order may be for a country whose founding raison d’être was to welcome the “huddled masses yearning to breathe free”,…Continue reading

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