President Trump recently signed into effect an executive order restricting the immigration of individuals waiting to be resettled in America, and also restricting the immigration of peoples from Yemen, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Iraq, and Sudan; these counties all have a Muslim majority. This new order prevents the entrance of peoples from these countries into the United States for 120 days, and Syrian refugees are prevented from entering indefinitely. Additionally, as of Saturday, the immigration ban also affected citizens of the U.S. traveling outside of the country for any given reason on green-cards; however, a member of government administration stated that each case would be looked over individually. In addition to this, the official remarked that those with green-cards currently in America will be required to speak with a consular member before departing from the country.
Furthermore, in order to ensure full support of this order, Trump fired Attorney General Sally Yates following her advice to lawyers in the Justice Department to not support this immigration ban. Despite Yates' attempt to protect the rights of immigrants, and despite her belief that Trump's order was unlawful, the White House press office issued a release saying that Sally Yates "betrayed the Department of Justice by refusing to enforce a legal order designed to protect the citizens of the United States."
In place of Yates, Dana Boente, the former United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, was put into place as Attorney General, as he agrees to support Trump's immigration ban.
This ban is unconstitutional due to the fact that the Constitution directly forbids the singling out of and discriminating against of any one religious group; given the fact that the countries Trump has selected all have Muslim majorities, and this ban is supposedly designed to "protect" Americans, one does not require a magnifying glass to identify the Islamophobia at play here. Furthermore, Trump has stated before that a ban on the entry of any Muslim into the U.S. should be initiated, and the current immigration ban seems to closely resemble his earlier wishes.
We must fight this ban, we must fight the Islamophobia that Trump depends on. This weekend, protests took place in airports all around America, and I imagine they will continue. If you cannot attend a protest, blog about this issue, tweet about it, post about it on Facebook, talk about it; do something, because if you don't, you're on his side.
The New York Times