On Friday, Trump signed an Executive Order known as Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States, banning citizens and visa-holders from 7 predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Sudan and Yemen. The list notably does not include countries where Trump has business ties or where the vast majority of terrorists have stemmed from, such as Saudi Arabia.
While the Executive Order (EO) known as Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States does not explicitly state that Muslims are banned, it does state that migrant applicants of the minority religion in majority Muslim countries will be prioritized, a twisted technical way of discriminating against Muslims.
The vague language of the Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States EO has led to green card and valid visa holders being unlawfully detained in airports across the country, including an Iraqi US military interpreter who risked his life for the US for 10 years. Nearly 500,000 permanent residents who have legally lived in the US for years, including students, scientists, doctors, engineers, and spouses, may now be barred from reentering the US and get separated from their families.
The EO also indefinitely suspends the Syrian refugee program. Refugees fleeing danger and war, who have already gone through a rigorous vetting process to gain safe resettlement in America (more info here: https://goo.gl/xtJpXc), are now trapped in limbo.
Legal experts believe that theProtecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States Executive Order is in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 which prevents immigration discrimination based on country of origin. The ACLU scored a victory Saturday night with a temporary stay on the EO’s restrictions on visa-holders, but the full legal battle is expected to be long and arduous. In addition, Senate Democrats will be introducing legislation this week to either block or limit the restrictions of the EO (https://goo.gl/hdC1Ps).
Together We Will USA and Action Together Network have joined together to take action against this Executive Order and together call on our members to:
1. Join and donate to these organizations to support the legal funds of organizations defending the rights of victimized immigrants and challenging the constitutionality of the Executive Order.
- ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project — www.aclu.org
- National Immigration Law Center — www.nilc.org
- International Refugee Assistance Project — www.refugeerights.org
- American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee — www.adc.org
- Council on American-Islamic Relations — www.cair.com
2. Send a letter to the editor of your local newspaper to express concerns on how this affects National Security.
I am writing to express my outrage over President Trump’s recent actions. His executive order titled, “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,” banning people of the Islamic faith from Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States impacts over 500,000 legal U.S. residents traveling abroad, including an Iraqi refugee who has risked his life to aid the United States for over 10 years.
This executive order is a serious risk to national security. Our military, national security, and diplomatic personnel in Syria, Libya and Iraq depend on cooperation from local people invested in promoting liberty and democracy in their country. At the time we need their assistance the most, we are telling our partners that they will not be welcome in our country. Why should they risk their lives to help us, if we won’t protect them?
Additionally, adding Steve Bannon to the National Security Council while notifying the Joint Chiefs of Staff that their attendance at meetings is not necessary further weakens our national defense. It is unacceptable that President Trump has risked our national security with these actions. He must rescind the Executive Order Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States immediately, and restore the Joint Chiefs to the National Security Council.
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