STOWE – After what officials are calling a “thorough citizenship examination” of the prominent Von Trapp family who emigrated to Vermont after fleeing the Nazis during World War II, the Trump administration has ordered ICE to round up the descendants of Georg and Maria Von Trapp and return them to Austria immediately. Many of the grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren of the beloved couple have never been to Austria and do not speak the language there, but White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that “they should have thought of that before their ancestors came to this country illegally.”
The story of the Von Trapps was famously recorded in the popular musical and film “The Sound of Music,” which won five academy awards, including Best Picture, and many Americans are jumping to the defense of the musical family. “This is horrific,” said Ray Meefa, who works at the Von Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe. “These are white people! They’re almost Norwegian for God’s sake! Why would they come after hardworking white Americans who are not poor? It makes me question this country’s values, but maybe I didn’t know who we were as a nation after all.”
The Trump administration has stated that if the family can come up with signed documentation from the Nazi party that shows the family was legally able to travel to the U.S. back in 1938, they are welcome to reapply for citizenship.