So … it begins.

Today the Muslim ban begins to take shape, refugees will be stopped at our borders, the border wall will be funded, local law enforcement will be pressured to take on immigration responsibilities.

What lies ahead with regards to DACA or mass deportations, I can only imagine.

My first sign of protest is to wear my taco socks. (My chicken curry socks are in the wash.)

Over the course of the days and months ahead, we are going to be in a deeply defensive and reactive posture. Some of us will take to the streets, some of us will take to the airwaves, some of us will do more. It is a moment where we all have the responsibility to act

But I think we have to remember that there are a vast number of Americans who do not agree with Trump on these actions. Many of those people even voted for him.

In that, we have an opportunity. Not just to say his proposals are wrong. But that there is a better way to keep the country safe, to build a more inclusive society, to ensure American workers and their families get a better “deal.”

Those solutions are based on a common set of values and an American culture that finds strength and prosperity in the contributions of all people, regardless of their race, ethnicity or religion.

Whether or not the Trump administration believes in these values doesn’t matter. None of what he is doing this week is a surprise.

Part of our job is to remind Americans of these values and the fact that Maria’s family one pew over at church are good people; Abdul’s children are their children’s best friends; Fatima’s family fled the worst of horrors in Afghanistan to start their favorite local restaurant.

Don’t let Americans unremember that.

Fight hard, fight smart, go to your taco truck for lunch, your kabob shop for dinner.


President and CEO of National Immigration Forum, author of “Crossing Borders” (April 2022, Rowman & Littlefield), host of the podcast, Only in America.