Day 11: Re-Cap and Actions Against Immigration Ban Executive Order


From a lawyer friend who was just at Dulles International Airport, I’m sure it applies to all international hubs – Monday, Jan 30, 1:00 p.m. EST.

If you want to volunteer, head to baggage claim 12. You don’t need to be a lawyer — they esp need Arabic and Farsi speakers to translate. CBP is still not providing any information or letting any lawyers or other folks back to the secondary screening or detention area. Some folks said that it went smoothly, but several people still waiting for loved ones for hours with no updates.

Good Monday-Morning to Everyone. As a friend said to me, this weekend, of another friend’s new favorite phrase – How was everyone’s morning scream?

Cathartic? Well, that’s something.

The Situation:

On Friday, the White House issued (which, as of the writing of this post, very early Monday, it was not listed on their site – but here it is, in full, via CNN) an executive order “that suspended resettlement of Syrian refugees indefinitely, suspended all other refugee resettlement for 120 days, and banned the entry of nationals from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, and Yemen for 90 days.” (ACLU)

The response to the ban has been (here’s a broad smattering):

  • Outrage and protests, within the U.S.
  • The fact that the ban includes countries that don’t export terrorism, but excludes countries that do – which, coincidentally, happen to be countries that have ties to the President’s (past…?) businesses.
  • A joint statement issued by Republican Senators McCain and Graham lambasting the crap manner in which the ban was executed…which, to everyone’s surprise, garnered the highest of honors this administration can bestow; a Presidential-Tweet-Back (PTB).
  • Speculation, from those outside the U.S., of if the administration is truly capable to handle the reigns of this country:

“…this has proven to be an embarrassing episode in what looks like a not-ready-for-primetime White House…

At best, however, this is an unnecessary distraction for the White House, calling its organisational ability into question. At worst – if the majority of the nation turns on the president – Mr Trump may find his power and influence starting to ebb before his administration even gets fully under way.”  – Anthony Zurcher, BBC

WKTB Note: Forgive us, we couldn’t pick between the two.


Thankfully, Saturday the ACLU and other organizations challenged the ban in federal court, and at 9 p.m., that day, Federal District Court Judge Ann M. Donnelly issued a stay to prevent refugees and immigrants from being deported.

Sunday, despite the ruling and in the face of 16 state attorney-generals stating that the order is unconstitutional, the White House announced the intent to keep to the original order, though it has stated that this ban would not apply to green-card holders.

Further Reading:

How a Syrian refugee gets to the U.S. – BBC World

Immigration Ban Q & A – BBC World

Organizations and Actions:

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committe – ADC

American Civil Liberties Union – ACLU

  • DONATE to these American Patriots.
  • SIGN the petition demanding transparency of the President’s conflicts of interest. (not directly related to the Immigration Ban, but while you’re on the site…)

Council on American-Islamic Relations – CAIR

  • WATCH CAIR’s press conference live, Today, Jan 30th, 1 p.m. EST in Washington, D.C. CAIR will announce the filing of a federal lawsuit on behalf of more than 20 individuals challenging the “Muslim ban” executive order. 
  • DONATE to help them fight for civil rights.

National Iranian American Council – NIAC

  • DONATE to help them raise $300k by Feb 15th to bolster their legal actions.


In preparation for the next protest – brush up on some Arabic greetings or write your welcome sign in Arabic. We suggest running your greeting through Google translate before writing it out, and then maybe also run it by someone who speaks Arabic, just to make sure you dotted all the dhal’s.

Photo Credit: Jason Redmond/AFP/Getty Images via The Guardian

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