And so it begins. The wheels have been put in motion for the United States’ ban on Muslims. While many believed it to be a bluff on President Trump’s campaign trail to pander for the votes of the hateful, the executive order that has sent shockwaves around the world has been signed- barring more than 134 million people from 7 Muslim-majority nations from ever entering or returning to the US.  The ban is to last a minimum of 90 days and the roster of banned countries is expected to grow. If you are someone who hails from Libya, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Syria or Yemen expect to delay or cancel any visits or plans to seek asylum in the United States- America’s President has declared you to be unwelcome due solely to being born somewhere beyond your control. Even if you are someone who has legally obtained a visa,  or a green card- should you come from one of these seven nations, your documents have become null and void and may well face deportation.

As written by Samantha Grasso for TheDailyDot:

President Donald Trump‘s executive order to ban Syrian refugees and citizens of seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the U.S. is already facing pushback.

Lawyers representing two Iraqi refugees being held at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York have filed an application early Saturday morning to have the refugees released, the New York Times reported. The lawyers also filed a motion for class certification to represent all refugees who they say are being unlawfully detained after attempting to enter the U.S.

Despite President Trump’s claim that the ban is to halt the entrance of individuals who are at risk of having ties to  “Radical Islamic Terrorism”, the ban is actually affecting more professionals who have contributed the betterment of America, such as doctors, lawyers, scientists, and professors. Should this continue America could be in the beginnings of a “Brain Drain”.

Grasso continues:

One of those detained, Hameed Khalid Darweesh, had worked for the U.S. government for 10 years while in Iraq, as an interpreter for the Army, an engineer, and a contractor. His filing said he had been targeted twice for his work with the U.S., and was granted a special immigrant visa on Jan. 20, the day of Trump’s inauguration.

The other Iraqi detained, Haider Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshawi, was coming to the U.S. to join his wife and son in Texas. He was supposed to fly from New York to Houston, but he was told by officials that he couldn’t apply for an asylum case and needed to fly back to Iraq.

“These are people with valid visas and legitimate refugee claims who have already been determined by the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security to be admissible and to be allowed to enter the U.S. and now are being unlawfully detained,” Mark Doss, supervising attorney at the International Refugee Assistance Project, told the New York Times.

Multiple complaints have been filed by groups including the American Civil Liberties Union, the International Refugee Assistance Project at the Urban Justice Center, the National Immigration Law Center, Yale Law School’s Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization, and the Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton law firm.

While all may have seemed bleak for many who were seeking to come to the United States for a better life, or for life enriching and enhancing opportunities, those who were in fear of deportation or being detained or denied entrance- a federal judge, Judge Ann M. Donnell has issued a stay against President Trump’s racist, and Islamophobic ban. The stay, however, halts only deportations, and refugees abroad remain in limbo.

The historic ruling—a stunning first defeat for President Donald Trump coming at the end of his first week in office—protects anyone with a valid visa who arrived after the executive order (or were en route when the ruling was filed) from deportation under Trump’s order.

The historic ruling—a stunning first defeat for President Donald Trump coming at the end of his first week in office—protects anyone with a valid visa who arrived after the executive order (or were en route when the ruling was filed) from deportation under Trump’s order.

The lawsuit was brought by the ACLU on behalf of two men detained at JFK airport in New York. The men were subsequently released. Read more here.

Many across the nation are not standing for what President Trump has in mind for his fascist regime. Protests declaring that what Trump is doing is un-American and unconstitutional-  have erupted at airports from coast to coast (JFK, O’Hare, and SFO are amongst those reported). The ban does not create a safer America, it creates  a nation that fears others,  which surely lose many allies as it continues to make diplomatic bungles such as this. It has been proven that persecution of Muslim Americans have bread more hostility individuals may have towards their government, due to feelings of helplessness and isolation- Trump’s move breeds more hate on both fronts- for those who fear Muslims, and Muslims who fear the American Government. World leaders have condemned the ban- and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was among the most vocal- declaring refugees banned by Trump are welcome in Canada.

While organizations like the ALCU will continue to work to have the order permanently halted, they are in need of your help to join the resistance. Donations can be made here.  If not with your money, make a difference, with your time- join a protest in your area, call your lawmakers, and most importantly show your love to you Muslim, friends, family and neighbors, let them know they are welcome and wanted.

(Article By Tasha Sharifa)


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