The Melting Pot is Melting Most don’t truly understand POTUS new travel ban. President Trump signed an executive order barring Syrian refugees from entering the US. It also blocked citizens of seven majority Muslim countries from entering the United States for 90 days and suspended all refugee admission for 120 days. The White House issued an executive order placing certain new limits on entrance to this country, particularly for people traveling from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. On January 29, just two days after President Trump announced his new policy, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, released a message to his partners – or employees – saying he pledges to hire 10,000 refugees. This sparked an outrage with coffee lovers who then created the hashtag #BoycottStarbucks. The actual pledge states that Starbucks will hire 10,000 refugees over five years in more than 75 countries in which they do business; meaning stores, customer support, and offices worldwide. Americans were quick to organize protests at airports and other public places. Signs at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois read: No hate, no fear, refugees are welcome here! #LetThemIn. This also caught the attention of dozen of CEOs. Including Chief Netflix Executive Reed Hastings, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Chief Executive David Taylor of Proctor & Gamble Co. Hastings expressed his concern over the new policy by saying, “Trump’s actions are hurting Netflix employees around the world, and are so un-American it pains us all. Worse, these actions will make America less safe (through hatred and loss of allies) rather than more safe.” The general consensus seems to be that this is “a very sad week” with “more to come…” according to Hastings. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz mirrored these feelings when he reassured employees that the company’s human resources staff would provide help and support to anyone impacted by the ban. Proctor & Gamble Co. CEO David Taylor said, “I am personally concerned with the overly broad scope, hasty implementation and unclear consequences of this policy change.” He also showed concern for his employees because the changes in immigration policy “impacts employees, business partners, and their families.” Taylor stated that there are dozens of “P&Gers” who will be directly affected. Students at Greensboro College are lucky enough to have a caring and family type environment around our small campus. On February 1, our very own President Czarda opened the conversation about the new immigration issue to the entire faculty, staff, and student body. In the past, President Czarda has reassured students and staff that Greensboro College is a safe place. When HB2 became a hot button issue he was there to make sure that all of his students felt safe and at home on their own campus. This most recent email sparked dozens of responses from professors and the like, welcoming students into their offices and classrooms for safe and open conversations. The Collegian has opened the Cowan Safe Space Board open to yet another topic for students to discuss without fear of backlash. President Czarda let everyone know that “Nothing has changed at Greensboro College.” He reminded us that Greensboro College remains “the same welcoming, inclusive and supportive place we were before [January 27], the same such place we have been for 178 years.” Greensboro College’s mission statement asks us to support students’ individual needs and that is what our school intends to do. Catheryn Bennett is the director of international programs at Greensboro College and is a resource for any students with international connections as well as students inquiring about visas or official document statuses. She is also open to discussing how students feel about the recent changes in the U.S. immigration policy. Her office is in 328 Main Building. Counseling services are also available on the third floor of Main Building. Countless other faculty and staff members have opened their doors as safe spaces for students. The Collegian Staff also welcomes letters, anonymous or otherwise, to the editors about events such as these. As a young adult inheriting a rough political and economic environment, I know that it is beyond important to begin educating ourselves about things like this. If we educate ourselves rather than ignore the problem because we feel like we cannot fix it, we can prevent more of these policies from seeing the light of day. There is an incredible explosion of young people supporting the LGBT+ community and participating in protests. The recent women’s marches all over the world also saw an amazing number of young supporters trying to make a difference in their world. Everyone has different views on the political state of our country right now but you cannot deny that we are watching history being made and we are part of it. We cannot tell where this situation is going but we can help to change its course. If we move to put a stop to it now, then we can look back on it and teach our children – however you may teach them – so that we can all learn from it. What we need to remember is that the president works for us – the people – and not the other way around. We all must continually remember and commit to the fact that we are ONE PRIDE. We have PRIDE in every student. We have PRIDE in everything we do. And we have PRIDE in our diverse community. GREENSBORO COLLEGE IS ONE STRONG PRIDE.