Today, the Internet is abuzz with commentary about Trump’s latest stupidity. He’s decided that children born abroad to non-citizen or naturalized U.S. government or military personnel will not automatically be citizens of the United States. At first, it looked like he was trying to say that all children born abroad to U.S. citizens would have to request citizenship, but I see that notion was clarified.
Frankly, I’m beginning to feel like my U.S. citizenship is a burden anyway, but I was born in Virginia to Virginia born parents, so I’m an American through and through. It still makes me angry for the brave people who have given their lives to government or military service. While non-citizen U.S. soldiers aren’t necessarily the norm, there are some people who would be affected by this new policy, which is set to take effect in October.
Trump’s policy is apparently aimed at non-citizen government and military servicemembers who have not lived in the United States for at least five years. It would not affect children born to parents where at least one is an American citizen and has lived in the U.S. for at least five years. While I’m sure some citizens are fine with that, it does seem pretty shitty to do this to military families. It’s hard enough having to live far away from home, risking your life for your work in support of your country. And if you aren’t a citizen and are doing that work, I think it’s doubly shitty to support this kind of policy. I think Trump’s new policy sucks, and it will shoot him in the foot. A lot of his supporters are veterans… although I think veterans who support Trump are pretty stupid. He doesn’t care about them.
It’s hard not to feel hopeless these days. It seems like there are so many people out there who just seem to want to make things harder. Donald Trump is at the top of the list of people who care only about themselves and what they can get. It’s depressing to see the country I grew up in and was always taught was all about freedom and a new way of life, is now about caging children at the border and screwing them out of citizenship. I’m tired of seeing selfish, irresponsible, hateful people get what they want, while decent, hardworking, fair-minded people get screwed. It sucks that our president is such an unrepentant asshole. I think it’s funny that when I Google “unrepentant asshole” images, Trump’s face is the first one to surface.
I don’t have the energy to write more about this today, though. I’m preoccupied with other things that suck right now. One thing that can certainly fuck right off is the hot weather. I’m ready for September, when the temperatures will become less oppressive.