Today President Trump signed a new version of the Muslim Ban. The Executive Order “Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States” replaces prior Executive Order 13769 (issued on January 27, 2016) and takes effect on March 16, 2017.
Here’s what’s different. The new order removes Iraq from the list of banned countries; applies to non-visa holders from the banned countries (visa holders, lawful permanent residents, dual nationals, asylees and refugees are exempt); permits case by case waivers for individuals with business, medicinal, academic and other special interests in the U.S.; drops the indefinite ban on Syrian refugees; and drops the prioritization of religious minority refugees from Muslim majority countries.
Much of the new order is indistinguishable from the prior one. Citizens and nationals from six Muslim majority countries are banned from entering the U.S. for at least 90 days; the refugee program is suspended for 120 days; a values test is proscribed for future visa determinations; and the government will begin reporting the number of foreign nationals who have committed terrorism, honor killings, acts of violence against women and other offenses in the U.S.
The order is still is a Muslim Ban and has draw widespread condemnation from dozens of community, interfaith, and national public interest organizations. It has been described as un-American, unlawful, state sponsored bigotry, and slams the door on vulnerable refugees. In other words, deja vu.
In the next 48 hours there will be rallies and events taking place across the country to resist Muslim Ban 2.0. On social media, use #NoMuslimBan2 and #NoBanNoWallNoRaids to amplify messages condemning the ban and to reaffirm solidarity with all communities affected by the Muslim Ban.
- March 6th, 4 PM – 12 AM EST: (Dulles) SURJ Northern VA organizes Dulles Welcome Squad at Door 1 for International Arrivals
- March 6th, 8 PM EST: Muslim Advocates is hosting a national teleconference to discuss the revised Executive Order issued on March 6, 2017. Click here to register for the call.
- March 6th, 6 – 7:30 PM EST: (DC) Rally in Support of Refugees, Immigrants and Muslims at the White House sponsored by Friends Committee on National Legislation, MoveOn.org, Church World Service, Democracy Partners, CREDO, National Iranian American Council, Franciscan Action Network, American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, CASA, Win Without War, Shoulder to Shoulder Campaign
- March 7th, 8 – 9 AM EST: (DC) DC Justice for Muslims Coalition hosts #NoMuslimBan2.0 Rally at CBP