Muslim Ban 3.0

Announcement of Muslim Ban 3.0

On Sunday night, Trump issued a proclamation indefinitely banning almost all travel to the U.S. from seven countries – Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad and North Korea –  and imposing country specific restrictions as well. A small group of citizens from Venezuela will face restrictions and heightened scrutiny too.

Following yesterday’s announcement, the U.S. Supreme Court removed the October 10 oral arguments from its calendar, and asked the parties in the case for additional briefing to be filed by October 5.

Muslim Ban 3.0 will go into effect on October 18. The addition of three countries does not negate the anti-Muslim intent of the original ban. Of the eight countries targeted, six are Muslim-majority; North Korea has a negligible number of people who receive visas; and the application to Venezuela is extremely limited.

“We cannot forget the families hurt most by this hateful and discriminatory Muslim Ban, and we will continue to fight every day for their civil rights,” said Zahra Billoo, the Executive Director of CAIR – San Francisco Bay Area. “This latest delay is just one step in a long legal process. We will not be deterred in continuing to challenge the President’s multi-pronged assault of hate directed toward communities of color.”

For deeper analysis, see the Muslim Ban 3.0 Fact Sheet from Penn State Law’s Center for Immigrants’ Rights, Muslim Advocates and ADC. Additional information can be found here.

Update on the #NoMuslimBanEver National Mobilization

The #NoMuslimBanEver campaign will be moving its national mobilization in DC from October 10 to October 18, the day on which Muslim Ban 3.0 will go into effect. 

Linda Sarsour, one of the organizers of the #NoMuslimBanEver campaign said, “Impacted and allied communities from around the country will continue to fight this discriminatory policy and the #NoMuslimBanEver campaign will continue. We will continue to resist this immoral and unconstitutional Muslim Ban and any new bans in all forms, in all venues, and in all ways—no matter how long it may take to achieve justice.”

We ask you to join the campaign by raising awareness through events, forums, dialogues,  and actions, and by attending the national mobilization on October 18 in Washington, D.C.

You can register events and attend events in your local community by visiting the campaign website, which also provides graphics and a toolkit to help organize your event.

Events

Project South will be hosting three events this week, a Know Your Rights Training on 9/28 (Harvey, LA)a seminar on Representing Arab and Muslim-Americans in Challenging Times on 9/29 (New Orleans, LA) and a mock tribunal Clarkston Peoples Assembly: Laws, Rights, and Our Power! on 9/30 (Clarkston, GA).

The Voices of Resistance: #NoMuslimBanEver Twitter Town Hall hosted by 18MillionRising.org will be on Thursday 9/28 at 1 pm ET. It will be anchored by MPower Change, NNAAC, One America, Project South, Yemeni American Merchants Association, and PANA and moderated by Arjun Sethi. Please join the conversation by following #NoMuslimBanEver.

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The Supreme Court and the Muslim and Refugee Bans

On June 26th, the Supreme Court of the United States decided to reinstate the Muslim Ban in part. “Muslim 3.0” went into effect 72 hours later on June 29th at 8 pm EST for nationals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. According to the Supreme Court ruling, individuals who can demonstrate a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the U.S. will not be affected by the ban. In addition, the US refugee program is suspended for 120 days unless an applicant can evidence a “bona fide relationship” with a person or entity in the United States.

Below are a few resources regarding implementation and analysis of Muslim Ban 3.0 and suggestions on how to resist. For more information, please see our new page “SCOTUS & Muslim Ban” for updates.

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Countdown to #NoMuslimBanEver National Week of Resistance

In only three days, the #NoMuslimBanEver National Week of Resistance will be kicking off on May 8th with a rally sponsored by Asian Americans Advancing Justice and partner organizations outside the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, VA.

On May 9 at 2 PM ET, we will be hosting our first Twitter Town Hall on the Muslim/Refugee Ban with Abed Ayoub (ADC), Asha Noor (CAIR-MI) and Naureen Shah (Amnesty International) moderated by Deepa Iyer (Center for Social Inclusion) and co-sponsored by 18 Million Rising and MPower Change. Stay tuned for our next Twitter Town Hall on May 15.

Check out our Calendar of Events to learn about local acts of resistance during the National Week of Resistance and submit your own campaign events here.

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Launching #NoMuslimBanEver Campaign on May 8 – 15

Check out the Calendar of Events for events in your area

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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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.