Chicago, IL –(ENEWSPF)–February 21, 2017. Donald Trump is expected to sign a revised #MuslimBan executive order sometime Tuesday, February 21st, and a number of the organizations that have led the resistance against his first month in office will discuss the order at a press conference two hours after the announcement / signing outside the Chicago office of the Department of Homeland Security, 525 W. Van Buren Street in downtown Chicago.
Although it is reported that changes to the original January 27th ban will include the exemption of green card holders and the removal of the indefinite ban on Syrian refugees, immigrant advocates still see it as a continuation of the racist, xenophobic, and Islamophobic policies of the Trump administration.
“Make no mistake that what we are hearing and reading is that this is still very much a Muslim Ban,” said Ahlam Jbara, board member of the Arab American Action Network. “Immigrants from the same seven Muslim-majority Middle Eastern, Arab, and African countries will be targeted and disallowed entry into the U.S., and refugees won’t be accepted here either.”
Trump’s original executive order was defeated when thousands of people across the country descended on airports—including close to 5,000 on O’Hare over two nights—to protest the ban. These protests prompted a federal judge in Washington to file an injunction freezing the order, which was upheld on appeal by the 9th Circuit. Advocates believed that Trump would challenge the ruling at the Supreme Court, but he chose to revise the order instead.
In addition, the Immigrant and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids in multiple cities, which have targeted mostly Mexican and Central American immigrants and threatened mass detention and deportation, have been met with tens of thousands of protesters across the country. Resistance to Trump’s first month in office is unprecedented.
All conveners and supporters of the Chicago and Oak Park actions since January 27th: Arab American Action Network, Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Chicago, Organized Communities Against Deportations, United African Organization, Korean American Resource and Cultural Center, PASO – West Suburban Action Project, Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, National Immigrant Justice Center, U.S. Palestinian Community Network, National Lawyers Guild, Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, Pilsen Alliance, Chicago Teachers Union, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Student and Graduate Activists (SAGA)-UIC, Syrian Community Network, Arab American Family Services, Indo-American Center, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance of Illinois, Inner-city Muslim Action Network, National Alliance for Filipino Concerns, Anakbayan-Chicago, Iraqi Mutual Aid Society, Jewish Voice for Peace, Campaign to TAKE ON HATE, Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago, Suburban Unity Alliance, American Muslims for Palestine, Jewish Voice for Peace-Chicago, Arab Jewish Partnership for Peace and Justice in the Middle East, Centro de Trabajadores Unidos, Suburban Unity Alliance, Black Lives Matter-Chicago, Arise-Chicago, United Electrical Workers (UE) Western Region, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare Illinois and Indiana, United Working Families, Fight for 15-Chicago, elected and appointed officials, and many other advocacy, immigrant rights, and legal groups.
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