On January 31st, the Trump administration announced their decision to extend the already-devastating Muslim Ban to Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania.
In addition to ongoing litigation against the Muslim Ban, this Wednesday, February 12, the House Judiciary Committee plans to mark-up the No Ban Act (HR 2214), introduced by Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) and co-sponsored by 214 House Democrats, which would repeal these discriminatory policies and prevent any bans like them in the future.
Today I was on a Press call hearing from the following advocates and individuals impacted by the injustice and cruelty of Trump’s newest expanded ban:
Dhaha Nur, originally from Somalia and working with PANAsaid,“My mother and I were not separated by choice. We fled Somalia when I was 5, running for our lives in the midst of a civil war. I came to the U.S. without my mother. I was young, but old enough to feel the impact of her absence. And 22 years later, it’s not a war or even an ocean that forces our separation. It’s our nation’s president, whose Muslim Ban –– introduced three years ago this week –– gave the green light to tear families like mine apart.
Eric Naing, a Burmese American working with Muslim Advocates said ”President Trump banned Muslims, separates families at the southern border, fills his White House with open white nationalists like Stephen Miller and complained that we get too many immigrants from black and African countries and not enough from Norway. His expanded Muslim Ban is not about national security, it is about controlling who gets to be an American.”
Nimra Azmi, Staff Attorney at Muslim Advocates commented, “Because of the expanded Muslim Ban, the total number of Muslims banned from the U.S. has increased from roughly 140 million to more than 320 million. And there are more than a million Americans who were born in these banned countries and still have family there. There is no reason, apart from discrimination, to tear these families apart. It is imperative that we do everything in our power—from filing lawsuits to pressuring Congress—to end this racist and anti-Muslim ban.”
“This President continues to deliver on his bigoted 2015 campaign promise to ban Muslims from coming to the United States,” said Zahara Billoo, Executive Director at CAIR SFBA. “This most recent expanded ban, following his targeting of several Muslim majority countries and refugees, turns its focus to a number of African countries and others. His attacks on religious liberty have given way to outright white nationalism. We have seen, in the most heartbreaking stories, that cancer, life support, and even death are barely means for overcoming the Ban and reuniting families. Though the Supreme Court has permitted the Ban to move forward thus far, Congress must pass the No Ban Act to end this policy once and for all.”
Jaylani Hussein, Executive Director at CAIR, MN said, “This impacts me personally and my community in different ways. I’ve talked to people who are US citizens, but who ask if they should carry their passport. This program has terrorized and created trauma in our communities.While we address policies for their nature of racism and xenophobia, the impact it has is in the communities here, in many ways.”
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