EmergeUSA stands firmly against the Muslim Ban 2.0 - EmergeUSA

EmergeUSA Stands Firmly Against the Muslim Ban 2.0

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. 

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  • commented 2017-03-09 15:16:29 -0500
    It’s true, the statement that the travel ban should be viewed within the context of a broader attack on Islam and American Muslims. Attacks like Donald Trump’s campaign promise of a Muslim ban and his reckless, false and malicious campaign rhetoric that Muslim Americans celebrated 9/11 and Islam hates us. However, it’s crucial that when Muslim American advocacy groups talk to American leaders about Trump’s policies on Muslims, they should stick to reminding those leaders about Trump’s outrageous and almost universally reviled statements, instead of focusing on his debatably acceptable public safety policies.
    We should not exaggerate the “Muslim” ban executive order because doing so will weaken our credibility. The executive order is not a Muslim ban. We should not publicly call it one. Doing so will make Muslim American groups seem like exaggerating and bending the truth. I believe that the ban is motivated by ultra right-wing hatred of Islam and exaggeration of terror threat from refugees. But proving malicious intent of this policy is difficult, especially to dunderheads in public office, because the terror threat is not imaginary. ISIS and radical terror groups are real threats and they do wish harm to American society. See ISIS terrorism in Syria and Iraq. See domestic attacks at home, albeit from Muslim citizens not refugees.
    Muslim Americans must be balanced in their approach and public statements. If our organizations are to make public statements about immigration from war-torn lands, then they must express concern for the safety of ourselves and fellow Americans. We cannot speak out for refugees and remain silent about public safety given the public debate and terrorism reality.
    Speaking for public safety does not prevent us from standing firm against completely outrageous policies, like a real Muslim ban, or indiscriminate mosque closures, or designating CAIR a terrorist organization, all outrageous and all possibilities. Also we can continue to lobby for more compassionate refugee policies that don’t undermine public safety. But again, we should call everything what it is, not exaggerate. It’s not a Muslim ban. It may be over-broad and unnecessary given current security screening measures, but it’s not a Muslim ban.