March 6, 2017 | www.adc.org | Washington, D.C. – A few moments ago Donald Trump signed another Executive Order (EO) aimed at banning Arabs and Muslims from entering the U.S. This EO was signed after his first attempt at the ban was stopped in court. The administration’s attempt to tailor the order so it conforms to court rulings does not take away from the fact that this is still and Arab and Muslim Ban. The new order is the same in nature as the old one. It prevents admission for nationals from six countries, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Further, the order puts a complete ban on refugees entering the U.S.
The new ban does have slight changes. Iraq has been removed from the list. There will also be a phase-in period, with the ban taking full effect on March 16, 2017. The ban does not apply to lawful permanent residents (LPRs), and current visa holders. Additionally, ADC has been informed that the 60,000 visas which were revoked after the first ban was signed are now reinstated. ADC will be providing additional updates and information as they become available. Please follow ADC on Twitter and Facebook for up to date information. ADC will be hosting a Facebook Live later this afternoon.
This ban is not about national security; in fact the Department of Homeland Security issued a report indicating that the ban does not make America any safer. The ban is about xenophobia and Islamophobia. The new ban will have the same effect on our community as the initial one did, and ADC will continue to provide pro bono legal assistance to those impacted. Further, we will make ourselves readily available to come out to your city and provide sessions about the ban and its impact. Below are some resources:
As a result of these actions taken by this administration, ADC anticipates a large influx of cases, which may strain our financial resources. We can only continue our work with your generous support. With your support ADC can expand its legal and advocacy services, and continue to protect the community. Take time and make a contribution today by clicking here.