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.

 

Muslim Ban 2.0 – What To Know

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-Americanunlawfulstate 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

Executive Orders on immigration enforcement and travel bans

President Trump recently signed executive orders on immigration enforcement and travel bans. He called for interior enforcement of immigration laws, removal of undocumented immigrantssuspension of the refugee program for 120 days, termination of refugee admissions from Syria, and suspension of the provision of visas to nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries. In the intervening weeks, communities have organized and rallied, calling for an end to these abusive and discriminatory policies. We have seen protests at airports and in cities, dozens of cases filed in court, and legislation introduced at the local and national level. Click here for resources and community stories.