January 31, 2020
Trump Administration’s Expanded Muslim Ban
Exclusion of Communities of Color
SAN FRANCISCO – The No Muslim Ban Ever campaign, a coalition of progressive, faith, immigrant, asylum, refugee and civil rights groups, denounces the Trump Administration’s latest iteration of the Muslim Ban that will expand restrictions on additional countries to include Myanmar (also known as Burma), Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania. The ban will continue to include Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, Venezuela and North Korea.
The Trump administration continues to push white supremacist and exclusionary policies that discriminate on the basis of faith, national origin, and immigration status. In response, the Coalition’s anchor organizations released the following statements:
Zahra Billoo, Executive Director of the San Francisco-Bay Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, states:
We long worried that what Donald Trump could do to one community, he could then also do to others. Today’s new expanded Ban proves this fear true. In addition to banning even more Muslim countries, this administration has gone further, banning immigrants from even more nations. We call on members of Congress to act now to support the current, comprehensive version of the No Ban Act and move to reign in the President’s bigoted immigration agenda immediately. Enough is enough.
Javeria Jamil, Staff Attorney, National Security & Civil Rights of Asian Americans Advancing Justice, states:
From scapegoating Muslims with the Muslim Ban to now expanding the same restrictions to other immigrant communities of color, the Trump administration continues to weaponize immigration law in order to advance its xenophobic agenda. We will continue to defend the rights of our communities and work to repeal this cruel and discriminatory policy.
Avideh Moussavian, Legislative Director at the National Immigration Law Center, states:
Today’s new ban is rooted in the same animus that was the driving force behind the Muslim Ban and reaffirms Trump’s cruel commitment to keeping out communities of color. Including countries that are not Muslim- or Black-majority doesn’t hide the reality that this new ban will impact Muslims and in particular Black immigrants the most. It’s imperative that we keep calling out these policies for what they are — attempts to change the complexion of our country and disenfranchise communities of color — and fight to repeal them in our courts and in Congress.
Linda Sarsour, Executive Director of MPower Change, states:
We continue to be outraged by this Administration’s actions to ban immigrants seeking a better life in the United States. Trump is fulfilling a white nationalist agenda on the backs of Muslim and African communities and we will not stand for it. All of our families deserve to be together.
About No Muslim Ban Ever Coalition (NMBE)
Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus was founded in 1972 as the nation’s first legal and civil rights Asian American organization. Recognizing that social, economic, political and racial inequalities continue to exist in the United States, Advancing Justice – ALC is committed to the pursuit of equality and justice for all sectors of our society, with a specific focus directed toward addressing the needs of low-income, immigrant and underserved Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.