Thousands of American citizens tuned in for President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20, but Rochelle Simpson, a Canadian citizen and a senior studying animal science, said this event is just as important to non-citizens in America.
“I think it’s important to know what’s going on in the world, especially in the country you live in, so you can make an informed decision and make informed life choices,” Simpson said.
She said the inauguration is important because it is a major change after the democratic President Barack Obama, and decisions made by the new president have the potential to impact most of the world.
“America is a major player in the world, in the economy and politics, in everything,” Simpson said. “Especially as a student …, it’s going to probably affect your visa and traveling between countries.”
After the election Nov. 8, 2016, Simpson said her family saw some changes when they traveled between Canada and the United States.
“My parents came down to visit this past November. … On the way back home, just before the border, there was a check stop with Americans to make sure that they weren’t taking any Americans across the border with them to Canada,” Simpson said. “That’s never happened before. That was new. That took longer than crossing the actual border did.”
She said while she does not necessarily agree with everything Trump has said, she hopes his decisions will have a positive impact on the world, not just the United States.
“The best thing to do is to pray for (him) — pray that he’ll be guided in the right direction and make the best decisions,” Simpson said.
The inauguration took place at 9:30 a.m. MST Jan. 20, and was broadcast on every major television network in the United States.