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.

17 Reasons Why - 14Image credit: Muslim Advocates

  • 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

Image from The Middlebury Campus

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:

February 27 – March 3: What to Expect, Review & Do

What to Expect this Week:

A revised version of the Muslim ban is expected to be released by the White House on Wednesday. See article from WaPo.

Trump’s speech to Congress happens on Tuesday, Feb 27th. Here’s what he is expected to say. Counter-responses: United We Dream invites DC-based folks for a People’s Address, and the Advancement Project invites folks to tune into Facebook Live for a conversation about the State of Race.

What to Review this Week:

The Muslim Ban and subsequent DHS immigration memos have had a ripple effect, and have led to the discrimination and detention of numerous people outside of the original seven countries noted in Trump’s executive order.

On February 20,  Juhel Miah, a British citizen from South Wales was separated from his students and colleagues and removed from a plane in Reykjavik, Iceland headed for New York. Miah was subjected to questioning, a body search, and detained for hours. He had a valid visa for travel and does not hold dual nationality.

Muhammad Ali Jr., son of boxing legend Muhammad Ali, was detained on his flight back from Jamaica to the U.S. for two hours. Border agents asked him, “Where did you get your name from? Are you a Muslim?” Muhammad Ali Jr., a U.S. citizen, was born in Philadelphia.

Widespread raids are cultivating fear and chaos in immigrant communities. The raids violate the due process rights of immigrants.

ICE Agents detained 55 people in immigration raids in Asian restaurants across Mississippi. A young woman protected under DACA barricaded herself in her house as ICE forcibly entered. A domestic violence victim was afraid to report her abuser because she feared she would be taken into custody for overstaying her visa. Fear is so high that children are being pulled out of schools and adults are scared to go to work.

What to Do this Week:

Get involved in local events in your area and resist Muslim Ban 2.0 and immigration raids.

On February 28, join the Resistance Rally at 6 PM outside the White House to protest Trump’s address to Congress.

Join #DullesJustice on March 1 at 7:30 PM at Dulles Baggage Claim 13 to learn how to volunteer and push back on what comes next.

Participate in an Immigration 101 Workshop with the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition on March 1 at 6 PM in Washington D.C.

Outside DC: Ohio State’s Muslim Students Associate hosts a Know Your Rights workshop with CAIR-Columbus on March 3 at 6 PM

February 19 – 26: What to Expect, Review & Do

What to Expect this Week:

A revised version of the Muslim ban is expected to be released by the White House this week. See articles from Reuters and WSJ.

What to Review this Week:

DHS has released official memos, factsheets and a Q&A on border security and interior enforcement here. Articles on these memos at WaPo and CNN.

There is no mention of the use of the National Guard in either of these memos, but they do call for the hiring of additional agents, collaboration with local law enforcement, and increase the number of immigrants who can be deported. Notably, while these memos rescinded all previous executive orders, the DACA program is exempted. Read more here and here for an analysis. This memo by Penn State Law and Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee, provides a breakdown of the enforcement executive orders.

What to Do this Week:

This week Feb 19 – 26 is the first congressional recess of the 115th Congress. Now is the time to demand that your member of Congress take action on issues affecting immigrants and refugees in light of the executive orders issued by the Trump Administration. See our Resistance page to take action.