Here, we collect stories of the impact of the Trump executive orders and policies on people’s lives.
There have been at least 600 arrests around the country in connection with the executive orders.
- In Columbus, Ohio, the community, led by Virginia Nunes Gutierrez, is stepping up to provide legal and rent assistance and donations of food and diapers to help families split apart by deportation.
- The Los Angeles Latino community is reporting fewer sexual assaults and domestic violence incidents fearing they could be deported by interacting with police or testifying in court. LAPD said crime rates are not down and similar decreases were not seen in reports by other ethnic groups.
- Almost 300 law professors and scholars delivered a letter to President Trump demanding that he rescind section 9(a) of Executive Order 13768 Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States – starving sanctuary cities of federal funding – due to its likely violations of the spending clause and Tenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution
- Parents fearing deportation are choosing temporary guardianships for their children. Immigrant advocacy groups are receiving up to 10 requests per day when last year they received two per month.
- Celestine Omin, a 28 year old software engineer from Lagos, Nigeria, was detained for several hours and asked a series of questions to prove he was an engineer despite having a valid work visa and sponsorship from a NYC based start-up.
- Jeanette Vizguerra, mother of four and leader in the immigrant and labor movements for almost two decades is under threat of deportation, despite checking in with ICE regularly.
- Daniel Ramirez Medina, a father of a three-year-old, has been detained by ICE agents for days in Washington state despite having DACA.
- After numerous immigrant arrests by ICE in New York, many houses of worship are providing refuge to undocumented New Yorkers in the event of future raids.
- A network of religious leaders of diverse faiths in Los Angeles are intending to protect hundreds, if not thousands of undocumented immigrants in private, safe houses.
- ICE Agents detained 55 people in immigration raids in Asian restaurants across Mississippi. Fear is so high, children are being pulled out of school and people are not going to work.
In the wake of the Muslim Ban, immigrants, visa-holders, and longterm permanent residents were detained at airports for hours — some were forced to leave, and some were unable to board their flights, jeopardizing their safety and livelihoods.
- Muslim Ban 2.0 will jeopardize health for Americans by restricting immigration of highly skilled doctors to the U.S. These doctors provide critical care in areas, like the Rust Belt and Appalachia where voters supported Trump, that American-born doctors are reluctant to live and work.
- Trump’s travel ban policies harm Black immigrants – Somalia, Sudan and Libya are not only targeted by the anti-Muslim agenda of the administration, but they are also struggling with ongoing wars and a lack of economic opportunity, creating multiple reasons to flee. Somalis are the third-highest nationality seeking refugee status in the U.S. in the past three years.
- 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.
- 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.
- What It Feels Like to Be a Target of Trump’s Muslim Ban by Vijay Prashad, AlterNet (Feb. 5). Nael Ziano, a refugee from Syria, describes the trials and tribulations of trying to reunite with his wife and son in the United States.
- ACLU employee: I was interrogated for my civil liberties work while trying to get back into the country by Matthew Rozsa, Salon (Feb. 8). ACLU lawyer Hina Shamsi described being detained and interrogated by a CPB agent about her work for the ACLU and her Pakistani heritage.
- What’s at Stake in Trump’s Troubled Travel Ban: Stories From Immigrants at the Front Lines by Jason McGahan, LA Weekly (Feb. 8). Alan Abdullah, a 30-year-old Iraqi, who arrived at LAX with his green card, but was detained at the airport for hours without being able to contact his family or lawyers.
- Trump’s ‘Muslim Ban’ Creates Chaos and Prompts Airport Protests, Free Legal Work and Faith Community Condemnation by Deepa Iyer, Colorlines (Jan. 30). Explores impact of Muslim ban and the resistance efforts that were sparked by it.