Travel Ban, Hate Crimes and Cautions for Singapore

US President Donald Trump is expected to sign tomorrow a revised Executive Order restricting with travel restrictions that will affect those from some countries. This is based on a CNN report available here.

The Appeals Court had last month ruled against the travel ban that was also opposed by top American companies, including Microsoft, Apple, Google, Facebook, Intel, Adobe, Uber, LinkedIn, Netflix, Twitter, Airbnb, eBay and Levi Strauss.

A few companies such as Cisco Systems, IBM and HP were not part of an Amicus Brief that more than 125 companies had signed opposing the bans. They were perhaps saving their time and resources for a battle against any curbs on H1B visas that are also on Mr Trump’s radar.


Common Themes

The Amicus Brief had made a spirited defence of immigrants with messaging that reminds me of the rhetoric that Singapore often comes up with on the foreign mediocrity that the country imports in the name of talent. Here is a sample:

  • Immigrants do not take jobs away from U.S. citizens—they create them.
  • Immigrants fuel the growth of the economy.
  • When immigrants enter the labour force, they increase the productive capacity of the economy and raise GDP. Their incomes rise, but so do those of natives.

To me, immigration should not be confined to its economic impact on a country. It is about an excessive influx affecting the quality of life. 

Moreover, hate crimes are becoming routine in the U.S. because of the unrestricted liberalism in the country. They affect Americans and residents of all races. It is easy to blame it on bigotry, but naïve to ignore the provocations.

Singapore must exercise caution and avoid actions that will land the country in social trouble. Singaporeans must not let their guard down and allow their interests to be compromised – be they in terms of jobs or places in universities.

G Joslin Vethakumar


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