Trump’s election was a shock. But it was not the first of its kind. Being based in London, the city I call home after twenty-two years, Brexit had already shaken me profoundly: “How could this happen? Why didn’t we see it coming?” Post-Brexit, many of us without British passports have felt less welcome, while we notice a rise in racism, Islamophobia, and xenophobia, particularly in relation to migrants and refugees. Increasingly apparent in the UK context, which I assume is similar in the United States, has been a sense of increased polarization of society and a strong feeling that, right before our eyes, the world as we knew it was crumbling.

Given my family name and mixed background, Trump’s executive order put me on the spot on a personal level: do I have to make a case that...

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