We ended the afternoon visiting the gorgeous cherry blossoms on display in the heart of the main campus. Classes are in session, and students were criss-crossing the quad. I was struck by the number of foreign students, primarily Asian. Among the many things Trump is threatening with his bellicose rhetoric about non-whites within our borders is the nation’s large population of foreign students. They are a boon for colleges and universities, often paying full freight for undergrad or graduate education. They are a soft sell opportunity for spreading our American democratic values. They spend money in the communities where they eat, shop, visit movies and entertainment venues and local bars.
People in the middle of Kansas or other parts of Trumplandia may not look favorably upon foreign non-white students, but in Seattle we certainly do.