Monday, February 3, 2020

Trump's Muslim Ban Expanded

Trump's Muslim Ban Expanded 
Just days after the Muslim ban’s third anniversary, the Trump administration continued its attack on immigrants by expanding this hateful ban to include six more countries.

Already, the administration bans nationals of five Muslim-majority countries – Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen , as well as North Korean and Venezuelan nationals, from travel to the U.S. except under special circumstances, which can be extremely difficult if not impossible to meet.

This afternoon, President Trump issued an executive proclamation expanding the Muslim ban to include six additional countries: Nigeria, Eritrea, Myanmar, Kyrgyzstan, Sudan, and Tanzania.

Like the current ban, this expanded ban does not affect refugee resettlement, but continues to affect people seeking safety – those trying to leave countries like Yemen and Myanmar, etc., and some asylum-seekers – people blocked from traveling on visas to the U.S. who would then have asked for asylum once here.

This new order is nothing new: it’s the same hate and fear in a different package.  Instead of making our country safe, these policies have endangered thousands of lives, torn families apart, and abandoned values long cherished by so many in the U.S. 

While we can expect this new ban to be challenged in court, Congress must step up to prevent the administration from carrying out these inhumane policies by passing the NO BAN Act.  This is not who we are, and we will not stand for this.  It’s time to end the ban once and for all. #RepealtheBan.  #NoMuslimBanEver.

Following the lead of impacted communities and coalition partners, AIUSA is implementing a rapid response plan with the goal  of generating press and online coverage; driving pressure on our Members of Congress to pass the NO BAN Act, which would repeal the Muslim ban and other harmful policies restricting the right to seek asylum and affecting refugees and migrants; and engaging activists through an online action, SMS, and distribution of No Muslim Ban Toolkit and an “50 Ways to Take Action” Guide. I’ve also attached the toolkit for convenience.

Already, on January 28, we held a press call centering the advocacy and voices of the communities leading the work to repeal the ban and attended by the New York Times, Reuters, Voice of America, Huffington Post, VICE, and Columbus Dispatch.  

  • Visit our No Muslim Ban page

  • Sign and Share the NO BAN Action
Sign our action calling on our Senators and Representatives to pass the NO BAN act. Sign here:
  • Take Action in Your Community!
Print a poster and make some noise with our No Muslim Ban Toolkit and “50 Ways to Take Action” Guide. Check out the No Muslim Ban Ever web site to find community actions across the country.

  • Spread the Word on Social Media
Share our graphics and use our sample social media messaging: Make your voice heard on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.  Don’t forget to tag @AmnestyUSA.