Hello from Morocco, where 99% of our relatives are bringing up Trump at least once upon seeing us. They are sad for us, going from Obama to Trump, and had a lot to say yesterday about how Trump hates Muslims! So super awesome to be here when Muslim Ban 2.0 came out.
Because we’re having some challenges getting our devices online, this post will shorter than all the things I want to say. Thankfully, a lot of what I want to say was articulated in an editorial from Muslim Advocates published in the New York Times, “Don’t Be Fooled, Trump’s New Muslim Ban Is Still Illegal.” It’s really good; I highly recommend reading it in full. TL;DR version: this order is still an unjustified discriminatory piece of Trump’s war on Muslims.
Think he’s not at war with us? Then if this is just about “security,” why are countries determined by the State Department “as ‘Terrorist Safe Havens‘ like Colombia, the Philippines and Venezuela” left off this EO? Last week’s leaked Department of Homeland Security’s analysis (that the Trump administration asked for itself — WHOOPS!) takes that further:
It said that of 82 people the government determined were inspired by a foreign terrorist group to carry out or try to carry out an attack in the United States, just over half were U.S. citizens born in the United States. The others were from 26 countries, led by Pakistan, Somalia, Bangladesh, Cuba, Ethiopia, Iraq and Uzbekistan. Of these, only Somalia and Iraq were among the seven nations included in the ban.
Iraq was left out of 2.0, continuing to highlight that this ban has nothing to do with “security.”
Basically, you can put lipstick on a pig, but it’s still a pig.*
Trump and his Administration are racist ideologues determined to create a Muslim Ban of some form against everyone’s better judgement. To be told by the courts “there’s no right way to implement an illegal order,” and basically try to wordsmith it to make it “reasonable” only further illustrates that Trump doesn’t care about the law or civil liberties, or national security, or public sentiment. He only cares about pushing forward his/Bannon’s flawed ideology, come hell or high water. It’s completely irrational. So, in his words, SEE YOU IN COURT!
So now what?
We have ten/nine days before the ban goes into effect. Likely/Hopefully there will be major legal challenges that won’t allow it to go forward but in case it doesn’t, clear your calendars for March 16 because everyone should be at the airports (find your protest here!). (This just in — The ACLU WILL be filing a lawsuit in advance of March 16; but, still, protests may be warranted!) The protests the first time made a huge difference, not just on policy, but on public perception domestically and internationally. The majority of Americans did not vote for Trump and do not support this.
In the meantime, when 1.0 went into effect, I wrote two pieces with action items that are still applicable today:
- First and foremost, CALL. Demand they denounce Trump’s executive order. If they have done so, thank them (and add to the tracker; yes, we’re taking a page from the Town Hall Project and are tracking MOCs stances on all of the critical issues of the day). Thank them and ask how they will continue to stand on the right side of humanity.
- Write a letter to the editor of a local newspaper, TV, or radio station either for publication or about their coverage.
- Donate. You know the drill. Excellent suggestions include:
- Reach out to your local mosque. As we know from the recent shooting (and murder) in Kansas, people who are perceived to be Muslims are at risk.
- Also consider reaching out to your local interfaith group. In Sara’s town, they hosted a local meet-and-greet at the local mosque last week, and earlier in the week, there was a meal hosted by an Muslim student group at the Law School. Seek out these opportunities and make the connections. Bring friends and family.
Remember: If ever there was a time to rise up and resist, this is it.
*Sigh, yes, Muslims can talk about and even interact with pigs. It’s not like vampires and sunlight.