No. Muslim. Ban. Ever.

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This post was written by OneAmerica Executive Director Rich Stolz.

On October 18, a revised set of restrictions on a list of predominantly Muslim nations announced by the Trump Administration was set to take effect.  But two federal courts, in separate cases in Hawaii and Maryland, blocked their implementation.

The Muslim Travel Ban has had a complicated and confusing history since the first ban was announced as part of an Executive Order signed by President Trump in January.  That initial ban led to chaos at airports across the nation as individuals from countries impacted by the ban, including citizens and legal permanent residents suddenly found themselves in limbo and stranded across the world.  That first ban was halted in the Courts due to its anti-Muslim bias, thanks to leadership by the Washington State Attorney General.  Rather than appealing the case in the Courts, the Trump Administration announced a revised version of the ban in May.  That policy was also blocked in the courts, and the Supreme Court eventually provided a preliminary ruling on the legality of the policy, narrowing the scope of the ban in anticipation of a hearing that would have been heard earlier this month.  Following the Supreme Court ruling, federal district courts further refined the impact of the travel ban, focusing on the nature of the relationship between impacted individuals and their relationship to people and institutions in the United States.  

Then in late September, the Trump Administration announced a new version of the ban, this time making the ban indefinite and attempting to provide further rationale for travel restrictions, and adding Venezuela, Chad and North Korea to the list of impacted nations.  Given the new policy, the Supreme Court cancelled its October 10th hearing, and attorneys general, and immigrant and civil rights organizations went back to court.

On October 18th, in actions across the nation, on the heels of these important court victories, people are marching from Washington, DC to Seattle, WA calling on the President to rescind this discriminatory policy under the banner #NoMuslimBanEver. Today, a coalition of civil rights groups delivered more than 100,000 petitions to Congress calling on elected leaders to stop the President’s actions, and twenty-eight United States Senators introduced legislation to halt the ban permanently.  

OneAmerica joined the Council on American-Islamic Relations of Washington, dozens of allied organizations and hundreds of community members for a pray-in and rally on October 18th, as part of a nationwide series of efforts. Together, the community stood in solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters who have born the brunt of President Trump's racism and xenophobia, from repeated attempts at banning our communities from entering the country to the atmosphere of hate and divisiveness that has tragically led to attacks on mosques and other community gathering places.

As things stand today, the Muslim Ban 3.0 is not in effect, though this may change pending further Court actions.  

Here are some important resources to learn more about the policies proposed by the Administration and currently blocked in the courts:

Information on the national campaign to stop the Muslim Ban can be found at https://www.nomuslimbanever.com/.

Information on your rights, including your rights as Muslims can be found at https://www.cair.com/publications/guides-and-toolkits.html.

Information on legal analyses that helped lead to the court rulings against the most recent version of the travel ban can be found at https://www.aclu.org/blog/immigrants-rights/muslim-ban-30-heading-court-heres-what-you-need-know-right-now.

Additional summaries of the travel ban can be found at https://www.nilc.org/news/the-torch/fight-continues-muslim-ban-3-0-means-courts-streets/.

The Presidential Proclamation that created Muslim Ban 3.0 can be found at https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/09/24/enhancing-vetting-capabilities-and-processes-detecting-attempted-entry.

Statement from Rich Stolz, Executive Director of OneAmerica

“The Trump Administration can’t seem to shake the President’s patently Islamophobic statements on the campaign trail and early in his Administration.  Yet again, his travel ban against Muslims has been blocked in court, and with good reason.  The tortured analyses used by the Department of Homeland Security to justify the ban underscore its arbitrary and discriminatory nature, and they don’t resolve underlying concerns over the human impact of the ban on US residents, refugees, American businesses, educational institutions and communities in the United States.  We can defeat the Muslim ban in the Courts and in the Streets, and we will not give up in our fight against Islamophobia and discrimination.  Our values as a nation compel us to fight for human rights, religious freedom and our character as a welcoming nation.”

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