President Trump signed another Executive Order (EO) aimed at banning Muslims from entering the United States of America. His first Executive Order attempting to do so was met with our Constitutional system of checks and balances in the form of a judicial rebuke. While his new EO has been altered slightly in order to conform to court rulings, it is essentially the same in spirit as it is driven by Islamophobia. Muslim Ban 2.0 is aimed at preventing admission of nationals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Here is what the Muslim Ban 2.0 entails:
- The order will not take effect until March 16.
- The new order targets Iran, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan and Libya. Iraq has been removed from the list. The order temporarily suspends all travel to the U.S. for citizens of those countries for 90 days.
- Green-card holders, dual citizens of the U.S., and any of those countries are exempt.
- Refugee program will be suspended for 120 days.
- Only 50,000 refugees will be accepted in a year, down from the 110,000 cap set by the Obama administration. (Does not single out Syrians as the prior version did.)
- There is also no waiver for religious minorities, like the previous ban.
Wael Alzayat, EmergeUSA CEO had this reaction:
“We must view this latest Executive Order within the broader context of a full-scale attack against the civil liberties and freedom of American Muslims.”
White House adviser Stephen Miller stated to Fox News that Muslim Ban 2.0 will “have the same basic policy outcome.” EmergeUSA is dedicated to combatting this anti-Muslim, and discriminatory order. We urge all Muslim Americans to participate in the District Days initiative being lead by our organization. EmergeUSA is committed to meeting with every member of Congress over the next 100 days to talk to them about issues that are affecting the Muslim American community.