Rapid Response Updates

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

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.

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.