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They Came For The Socialists

via The Irish Sun

Controversial criticism has followed after Trump signed the executive order to ban the travel of immigrants and refugees to the United States for 90-120 days. The seven countries named in the executive order are Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Yemen, Libya, and Somalia. These countries were also previously identified by former President Obama as “sources of terror.”


All in all, the executive order is to implement the extreme vetting of immigrants over the next 90 days in an attempt to prevent domestic terror attacks. Despite the order being criticized as a “Muslim ban”, Trump has claimed in a recent statement to the White House that “this is not about religion – this is about terror and keeping our country safe.” Trump also released a statement on his Twitter exclaiming “everybody is arguing whether or not it is a BAN. Call it what you want, it is about keeping bad people (with bad intentions) out of country!”


But the order could potentially have the opposite effect. In light of Holocaust Remembrance Day, the poem “They Came for the Socialists” by Martin Niemoller has been resurrected and reinvented all over the internet and social media.


The original poem by Niemoller reads as:

First they came for the Socialists

And I did not speak out

Because I was not a Socialist

Then they came for the trade unionists

And I did not speak out

Because I was not a trade unionist

Then they came for the Jews

And I did not speak out

Because I was not a Jew

Then they came for me

And there was no one left


It’s now being reinterpreted by critics of the executive order as “They Came For the Muslims.” Now haunting keywords such as “Holocaust” and “World War III” are trending all across social media platforms.  The Trump Administration is rebutting the criticism by describing the order as a reformation of immigrant and refugee vetting processes. 

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