CHN: Advocates Vow to Fight President Trump’s Revised Travel Ban
Advocates condemned the revised executive order banning refugees and immigrants from six Muslim-majority countries announced by President Trump on March 6. The provisions in the executive order, which includes, among other things, a 90-day ban on visa issuance and entry into the U.S. for residents of six predominantly Muslim countries; a 120-day suspension of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Programs; a four-month ban on new refugee admissions; and a slashing of the number of refugees allowed in the U.S. in FY17 from 110,000 to 50,000, are scheduled to go into effect on March 16.
In a joint statement released by several advocacy groups, including several CHN members, Avideh Moussavian with the National Immigration Law Center said, “We, as a nation, are better than these executive orders that flout the Constitution and imperil deeply held values that cherish community, dignity, and fairness.” NILC has participated in numerous calls and webinars to update advocates on the situation, and they continue to fight the ban. A video of progressive and civil rights leaders responding to the ban can be seen here. Several states are seeking to block the travel ban through litigation as well. In addition, twenty advocacy and immigration groups also sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly asking him to immediately stop the deportation of all detained immigrant youth, including recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
A leaked draft executive order that would further restrict immigrants and potential immigrants who use or would be expected to use public benefits has not yet been officially announced. For more information on this draft “public charge” draft executive order, see the Feb. 6 Human Needs Report.