Donald Trump has expressed his xenophobia through the words in his executive orders. The man has gone to the extreme by passing a law that bans 7 Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. Another one of his orders gave more power to Immigration and Customs Enforcement(ICE), and they have taken advantage of it by going on raids across the country and tearing families apart.
Librarians across the nation have felt a discuss and disagreement towards his policies, according to Elizabeth Flock of PBS Newshour.
The American Library Association(ALA) made a statement last month to encouraged its 57,000 members to speak out against the administration.
“Our nation’s 120,000 public, academic, school and special libraries serve all community members, including people of colour, immigrants, people with disabilities and the most vulnerable in our communities, offering services and educational resources that transform communities, open minds, and promote inclusion and diversity,” The statement read.
Libraries across the nation have offered a safe haven for immigrants.
According to the Guardian, “in Nebraska, assistant library director Rebecca McCorkindale created a poster using the tagline “Libraries for Everyone” that has been used to support campaigns across the US. Hennepin County library in Minnesota, which serves large Somali and Spanish communities, offered one typical response: it joined the “All are welcome here” campaign in a bid to reassure locals.”
Youth programs and services coordinator, Bernie Farrell, said: “We want them to feel welcome. We want them to feel safe. We want them to feel that if they ask questions about any topics, we’ll give them relevant and helpful information or relevant and helpful referrals.”
Massachusetts-based librarian Elizabeth McKinstry told PBS Newshour: “We are huge resources for newcomers to this country, whether it’s for connection to this country, legal resources, testing preparation, citizen tests, services like story times or homework help. We are there for the most vulnerable folks in our communities, people on the other side of the digital or language divide.