A lot of people around Donald Trump are, apparently, afraid of 5-year-olds — to the point that they want to detain and interrogate them for hours before they enter the US.
On Saturday, a 5-year-old boy whose mother is Iranian was detained for hours by himself at Washington Dulles International Airport as President Donald Trump’s immigration order was enforced.
Asked on Monday whether Trump’s order — dubbed a “Muslim ban” — should apply to 5-year-old children, White House press secretary Sean Spicer gave a clear answer: yes.
“That’s why we slow the process down a little to make sure that if they are a 5-year-old, that maybe they’re with their parents and they don’t pose a threat,” Spicer said.
The argument, essentially, is that basically, anyone from the restricted Muslim-majority countries can do dangerous things, so we should carefully vet and potentially ban even young children from entering the US.
Oh yes, the five-year-old could have diabolical plans. Look at him, standing in the airport. He is not even four feet high, but his mind is whirling with plans: to go to a strange new school and learn a strange new language and make strange new friends and teach them to draw incendiary graffiti all over the walls with crayon. He has plans to sit up past bedtime in a house where the sound of bombs falling does not keep him awake. He has plans to commit awful acts of sabotage like flushing strange things down the toilet, because here there is a toilet to flush. He has plans to grow up to become the most terrifying thing in the world: an American.
And if you turn him away — you will be very lucky if he does not have other plans.