On the other side of the coin, making bold moves can also have unintended consequences, right?
That’s absolutely right. A good example of this is the proposed travel ban on certain Muslim countries. I understand the security reasons for this, of course, but the ban is also having a ‘chilling’ effect on tourism, education, health care, and other American sectors that depend heavily on visitors coming from around the world, including the MENA region.
As I suggested in my LCTA speech, this travel ban and the immigration debate are striking a nerve in the United States because they fly in the face of a national ethos: that everybody deserves a chance to realize their dreams in America. Ninety-eight percent of Americans owe their presence in the USA to immigration, which gave their ancestors an opportunity to start their lives all over again in the New World. America was built on the strength of its ethnic communities, including Muslims, which is an important part of what Made America Great in the first place.
Any final comments for our readers?
I was very honored to speak to the LCTA, and I want to thank my longtime friend, LCTA President Tom Patrick, for that opportunity. Next time I come to Lugano, I want to bring my family with me so that they may also enjoy your community’s outstanding hospitality!