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Old 01.02.2017, 16:34
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A dismayed American wondering how to process the embarrassing actions of the POTUS

I have been a legal and productive professional who has been a swiss immigrant for the past 8 years. I travel globally for my work, and the recent executive order to detain persons with a valid work visa at airports who were returning to their families and homes struck a chord. Details like country of origin and country of residence aside, I am just like many of the people held without access to legal council, water, food, or explanation in the US airports this past week. There is no rational justification for treating people that way without reasonable suspicion that person was up to no good.

Without going into a rant on the topic, which disturbs me on a very deep level because of the family and friends I have back in the States who are affected by the current state of affairs, I am concerned about reciprical attitudes or treatment as I travel internationally for work. I am concerned that my blue passport with the eagle on it will further impact people's first impression of me through no fault of my own, since I did not choose what country to be born in. I am pretty sure I do not want to get into heated political debates with people, and I am pretty sure I need to continue to travel around airports and continents to be effective at my job. At 49, it would not be an ideal time to seek a new line of work.

Does anyone have any suggestions or pointers on how to avoid confrontations and difficult situations which may arise if the trend of irrational actions that annoy/anger/provoke other nations by my government at home? It has already been difficult to sort out a lack of access to much of the swiss financial consultants and banks, as many do not want the business of American clients because of our Government's heavy handed behaviors with the FACTA laws. I see the current actions as highly likely to exacerbate the situation.

I do not expect everyone on the planet to welcome me with open arms, and I would not fault others for having a diminished opinion of Americans. I am more than willing to be pleasantly surprised, but barring that, does anyone have any pointers on how I can avoid/deal with any situations driven by current political events? I know many people in the cities of Switzerland are from all over the world, and some may be from countries who have done stupid and embarassing things, even if not on the grand scale my country of origin is presently pushing out there. How should I handle this?
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