Launching #NoMuslimBanEver Campaign on May 8 – 15

Join us between May 8th – May 15th for a #NoMuslimBanEver campaign to raise awareness and continue the resistance against the Muslim and refugee bans. Let’s make sure that the courts and the country hear the voices of affected communities and allies in declaring: No Muslim Ban. Ever.

Background: On January 27th and again on March 6th, the Trump Administration issued executive orders that barred travel from six Muslim-majority nations and suspended the refugee program for 120 days. After federal judges in Hawai’i and Maryland blocked the implementation of significant parts of the executive order, the federal government appealed.  Hearings are scheduled for May 8th in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals (Richmond, VA) and May 15th in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (Seattle, WA).

Join us for a week of resistance between May 8 and May 15 to declare #NoMuslimBanEver. During this critical week, we must continue to raise our voices against discriminatory policies like the Muslim and refugee bans. Below are ideas and resources that you can use to organize discussions, rallies, direct actions, and forums. Let us know about your event by completing our submission form and checking the Calendar of Resistance.

Check out our #NoMuslimBanEver Campaign page to stay updated. 

Here are five ways you can raise awareness and make your voice heard. 

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April 17 – 21: What to Know & Do

What to Know

  • Muslim Advocates lays out 17 reasons the Muslim Ban is pure discrimination, including Trump continuously calling for a Muslim Ban on the campaign trail, his promise to add an immigrant religion test singling out Muslims, and Trump admitting that Christians would be given priority over Muslims as refugees.

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  • For more than 15 years, jails holding people on immigration violations were subject to an expanded set of regulations because those detained were considered “civil detainees” (ICE’s 455 page national detention standards). According to the NYT, “unlike people facing criminal charges, ICE detainees have no right to a lawyer to look out for their interests, and many do not speak English or have a criminal record.” These regulations were thus particularly important for civil detainees. Going forward, however, new jail contracts will be exempt from these regulations and the office that develops these regulations will be closed. Many of the services previously provided to civil detainees like translation services and “a current rule that detainees’ requests for medical care must be evaluated by a professional within 24 hours will be replaced by a requirement that the jails merely have procedures on providing medical care.”
  • The National Immigration Project of the National Lawyer’s Guild issued a practice advisory on Remedies to DHS Enforcement at Courthouses and Other Protected Locations. Prior administrations had generally recognized that certain physical locations, including courthouses, houses of worship, and homeless shelters, were a protected sanctuary from immigration enforcement. Now that the Trump administration has abandoned this doctrine, this new advisory describes best practices for terminating removal proceedings if one is apprehended in a protected location.

What to Do – Action Items

  • The Asian Law Caucus has prepared a sign on letter opposing a new social media data collection program by CBP. CBP intends to collect social media identifiers from long term visa holders from China; the policy is currently in public comment period until April 24. Collecting social media information has major civil liberties implications, and this particular proposal has a national origin bias in that it singles out Chinese visitors. Given Trump’s China bashing and the recent unjust targeting of Chinese Americans in the name of national security, we believe this policy would exacerbate racial and religious profiling, especially at the border, where Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, and South Asian travelers have been disproportionately targeted. If you would like to sign on, please email Joyce Xi with the name of your organization as you would like it listed by April 21.

April 10 – 14: What to Know & Do

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What to Know

Visitors from other countries including those in the Visa Waiver Program (38 countries including the UK, France, Australia and Japan) could be forced to reveal cell phone contacts, social media accounts and passwords, and browsing and financial information under the Trump administration’s “extreme vetting” practices. Travelers could also be subject to an “ideological test” in order to be able to enter the U.S. In a joint coalition letter forewarning of these practices, civil liberties organizations, human rights groups, and legal experts argued that such practices would be a massive invasion of privacy and discourage business, tourism and journalism.

Since 2016, a number of bills have been introduced and passed in state legislatures restricting and punishing sanctuary campusesSB 2710, already signed into law in Mississippi, prohibits the formation of sanctuaries and invalidates all existing sanctuary policies by a “state agency, department, political subdivision of the state, county, municipality, university, college, community college, or junior college.” The state of Georgia passed HB 37, which will withhold state funding or state administered federal funding to private and public post secondary institutions which have sanctuary campus policies in place. Two bills have already passed through one chamber in both Alabama and Indiana; the bills are now working their way through the legislatures.

Islamophobia is Racism is a resource for Teaching & Learning about anti-Muslim Racism in the United States. The syllabus focuses on “how structures of violence, inequality, and war have produced anti-Muslim racism and discrimination” and describe “its wide-ranging impact on everyday life.” The syllabus includes essays that address recent events like the 2017 “Muslim ban,” and also show how “similar policies extend to both earlier moments and other communities.”

What to Do

April 3 – 7: What to Know & Do

What to Know

On Monday, the California Senate passed SB 54, unofficially called a “Sanctuary State” bill. SB 54 “bars state and local law enforcement agencies from using their resources, including money, facility, property, equipment or personnel, to help with immigration enforcement. They would be prohibited from asking about immigration status, giving federal immigration authorities access to interview a person in custody or assisting them in immigration enforcement.” SB 54 now heads to the California State Assembly, where the Democrats have a super majority, and if passed would likely be signed by Governor Jerry Brown.

In a two page memo released on MondayAttorney General Jeff Sessions ordered Justice Department officials nationwide to review reform agreements with police departments.” Since 2009, the Justice Department opened 25 investigations into law enforcement agencies and has been enforcing 14 consent decrees, along with some other agreements. Civil rights advocates fear that Sessions’s memo could frustrate prior agreements and imperil the status of agreements that have yet to be finalized, including a pending agreement with the Chicago Police Department.” To read why the review of police agreements matter, click here.

On Monday night, Trump signed legislation that repeals FCC privacy protections for internet users, rolling back rules that would have gone into effect later this year. The privacy rules, “would have banned Internet providers from collecting, storing, sharing and selling certain types of customer information without those customers’ consent. Data such as a person’s Web browsing history, app usage history and location details would have required a customer’s explicit permission before companies such as Verizon and Comcast could mine the information for advertising purposes.”

What to Do

Here are some upcoming events this week:

Hawaii Federal Judge Extends Block on Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban

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Muslim Ban Litigation Update

  • In the Hawaii case, U.S. district court judge Derrick Watson converted the temporary restraining order (on sections 2 and 6 of the Executive Order and the number of refugee admissions) into a preliminary injunction on Wednesday 3/29; essentially an indefinite block of Muslim Ban 2.0. Watson said that the revised ban still appeared to be driven by anti-Muslim sentiment. Excerpts from the ruling are below.

     

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    If the federal government appeals, the Justice Department would face the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which previously found Muslim Ban 1.0 to be unconstitutional. Read more here and here.

  • In the Maryland case brought by non-profit groups, the federal judge granted a preliminary injunction on Section 2 (the travel ban). The government has appealed, and the 4th Circuit will hear arguments on May 8th. The DOJ is likely pursuing this appeal because they believe that the judges in the 4th circuit will be more amenable to their arguments than those in the 9th Circuit.
  • Other cases: the request for a restraining order in Washington state is on hold; and in Sarsour v. Trump, a case brought by Muslim American activists, a Virginia federal judge denied the plaintiffs’ request for a preliminary injunction.
  • For more resources, see the litigation update prepared by Penn State Law School and ADC here, and legal and policy analyses here.

Resistance Update

There has been resistance at the local and national levels throughout this litigation. After Muslim Ban 1.0, there were airport protests across the country and dedicated volunteers like the Dulles Justice Coalition offered legal assistance to international travelers. States and cities have introduced sanctuary legislation and professors and doctors have spoken out against the Executive Order. To stay updated on events happening in your area, check out our Events page.

 

Federal Courts Halt Muslim Ban 2.0

*Victory: A federal court in Hawaii ordered a nationwide stay last night on two sections of Muslim Ban 2.0: the 90 day ban on immigration from six Muslim majority countries and the 120 day suspension of the refugee admission program. In addition, a Maryland federal court imposed a nationwide stay this morning on Section 2, the 90 day travel ban. These decisions are an extraordinary development and ensure that the two key provisions of the executive order cannot be implemented at this time.
*Resistance: Around the nation, various efforts are being planned to raise awareness and protest the Muslim ban. If you’re interested in organizing your event, check out this mobilization toolkit from Church World Service which contains talking points and social media messages.

March 16th| 12PM EST: Unite Oregon invites communities to participate in a No Ban, No Wall, No Profiling rally at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem. (More info here).

March 16th| 4PM PST|San Francisco: AROC (Arab Resource and Organizing Center) along with Bay Area groups will be protesting at the Federal Building in San Francisco (90 7th Street, San Francisco). More info here.

March 16| 4 PM6 PM PST|Los Angeles: We are #FreeToGo: Resist Muslim Ban 2.0. Vigilant Love, SWANA-LA (Southwest Asian Northern African – LA), NQAPIA (National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance), and the Beautiful Resistance are mobilizing at the LA downtown location of the Dept of Homeland Security.  More info here.

March 16| 6PM-9PM PST|San Diego: SWANA-San Diego (Southwest Asian Northern African – San Diego) is mobilizing with partner groups at the federal building. More info here.

March 16th| 4:30PM-7:30PM CST|Chicago: Arab American Action Network and Chicago area groups will be rallying at 101 W. Congress Parkway, downtown Chicago (more info here)

March 18th| 4PM-7PM EST|DC: Join the DC Justice for Muslims Coalition, UNITE HERE! (Unite Here Local 23) & SURJ Northern Virginia for an emergency rally at Dulles Airport’s International Arrivals Terminal, Door 1 (more info here).

Muslim Ban 2.0 Implementation Day: March 16th

The second version of the Muslim Ban will take effect on Thursday, March 16th, 2017. Here is a quick run-down on resources, resistance efforts, and litigation.

*Resources: Here are three easy-to-understand summaries and community guidance from the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Muslim Advocates and Penn State Law’s Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic.

*Resistance: Around the nation, various efforts are being planned to raise awareness and protest the Muslim ban. If you’re interested in organizing your event, check out this mobilization toolkit from Church World Service which contains talking points and social media messages.

March 15th| 8PM EST: Rise Stronger and Emerge USA present Muslim Ban 2.0 Q/A and Call-in (More info here)

March 16th|12PM EST: Unite Oregon invites communities to participate in a No Ban, No Wall, No Profiling rally at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem. (More info here).

March 16th| 4PM PST|San Francisco: AROC (Arab Resource and Organizing Center) along with Bay Area groups will be protesting at the Federal Building in San Francisco (90 7th Street, San Francisco). More info here.

March 16|4 PM6 PM PST|Los Angeles: We are #FreeToGo: Resist Muslim Ban 2.0. Vigilant Love, SWANA-LA (Southwest Asian Northern African – LA), NQAPIA (National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance), and the Beautiful Resistance are mobilizing at the LA downtown location of the Dept of Homeland Security.  More info here.

March 16|6PM-9PM PST|San Diego: SWANA-San Diego (Southwest Asian Northern African – San Diego) is mobilizing with partner groups at the federal building. More info here.

March 16th|4:30PM-7:30PM CST|Chicago: Arab American Action Network and Chicago area groups will be rallying at 101 W. Congress Parkway, downtown Chicago (more info here)

March 18th| 4PM-7PM EST|DC: Join the DC Justice for Muslims Coalition, UNITE HERE! (Unite Here Local 23) & SURJ Northern Virginia for an emergency rally at Dulles Airport’s International Arrivals Terminal, Door 1 (more info here).

*Litigation:   At the state level, Hawaii has requested a temporary restraining order of the executive order; a hearing on Hawaii’s request occurs on March 15th at 3:30 PM EST. The states of Washington and Minnesota have asked for the nationwide ban to implementation of the first executive order to be applied to the second one  (Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon and California have indicated that they will join this challenge).

Challenges by non-profits to the executive order are also being heard. On March 15th, a court in Maryland is hearing a challenge from groups represented by the ACLU and the National Immigration Law Center. Also on March 15th, a court in Washington State will hear Ali v. Trump (represented by the American Immigration Council and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project) which seeks a temporary restraining order of the executive order for people from the six countries that have sought or will seek an immigrant visa. And on March 21st, a Virginia court is hearing a challenge to the executive order brought by CAIR.