March 7, 2017
CAIR DFW's Statement on
Muslim Ban 2.0
A message from our Civil Rights Director, Nikiya Natale:
As salam alaykum,
As I am sure many of you are aware, President Trump signed a revised Muslim ban executive order yesterday. Do not be fooled - this is a Muslim ban.
Written in the same spirit and with the same unconstitutional policy outcome as Trump's first attempt at a Muslim ban, the latest executive order relies on the input of some of the country's most notorious Islamophobes to discriminatorily target some of the world's most needy. This order is justa a preview of future anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant policy proposals being fed to Trump by his advisors.
WHEN IT WILL GO INTO EFFECT:
This order bars the entry of individuals from six Muslim-majority nations from entering the country for 90 days as well as suspends the refugee resettlement program for 120 days. The order goes into effect on March 16, 2017.
WHO WILL BE IMPACTED:
Nationals of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen who do not hold a valid visa will be barred from entry for the 90 day period of the executive order. The order does not apply to Iraqi nationals, dual citizens, and those with valid visas or travel documents. The order also carves out numerous exceptions that will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Refugee resettlement is temporarily halted, and the U.S. will admit no more than 50,000 refugees for fiscal year 2017.
Read the full text of the order here.
WHAT ACTION TO TAKE NEXT:
In these times, it is important to be SMART, and not scared. I understand the concer, but encourage you to empower yourself by knowing your rights!
We invite you all to join CAIR and other community leaders and activists, such as Imam Omar Suleiman, for a forum at MAS Islamic Center, 1515 Blake Dr, Richardson, TX 75081, today - Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at 6:00pm, for a discussion on the executive order and upcoming events and opportunities for action. The event will be live streamed on CAIR-DFW's Facebook Page.
More details on the event here
Please remember that here in Dallas, CAIR-DFW led the airport protests and played an instrumental role in securing the release of the detainees. The Director of the DFW Airport Customs and Border Protection, Cletus Hunt, worked exclusively with CAIR-DFW to release the detainees into our custody at our offices in Dallas. There CAIR-DFW coordinated the detainees reunification with their families and were welcomed by Mayor Mike Rawlings and Judge Clay Jenkins. The thousands of protestors who refused to accept the injustice of the first Muslim ban are a testament to the fact that direct action does work.
HOW TO GET HELP:
Should you have any questions, concerns, or have loved ones affected by the most recent executive order, please do not hesitate to reach out to our office. Please submit an incident report or call 469-554-0786 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Nikiya Natale, Esq.
Civil Rights Director