The President’s Executive Orders on immigration have caused chaos at entry points and triggered outrage.
DAY 12 ACTION: Read the latest on this unfolding story, and sign our new petition to put DREAMers on a path to citizenship (the Whitehouse.gov petitions have been disabled).
Protestors at Seattle-Tacoma Airport this weekend, after President Trump signed an executive order shutting down the US refugee system and barring entry to citizens of 7 Muslim-majority countries. Photograph by Ulysses Curry.
On Friday, President Trump signed another immigration Executive Order (on Day 7 we discussed the one calling for the “immediate” construction of a wall along the US-Mexico border). Friday’s E.O. Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States:
- bars citizens of 7 Muslim majority countries – Iran, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya, and Yemen – from entering the U.S., even with a green card;
- suspends America’s refugee system for 120 days; and
- bars all refugees from Syria.
Top constitutional scholars are calling the executive order unconstitutional. President Obama came out today against the executive order. Even the conservative National Review, while agreeing with the substance of the E.O., criticized the rollout of these policies. Large and peaceful protests took place at airports Saturday, where volunteer lawyers worked to release non-citizens detained under the executive order. Protesters also took to the streets of New York and DC on Sunday (this link is worth clicking for the great photos!) and thousands more joined protests across the UK, including a march on 10 Downing Street.
Last night, President Trump fired Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, after General Yates refused to defend the executive order in court.
Even with these sweeping executive orders in place, Trump may not be done with immigration. Another draft immigration order targets the DREAMers. If finalized, this order would end amnesty for these young men and women who were brought to the United States as children. The 750,000 DREAMERS who registered to defer their deportation are particularly vulnerable, because the government has their names and addresses.
Senators Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Dick Durban (D-IL) have reintroduced the Dream Act to provide a pathway to citizenship for the DREAMERs. But Congress and the White House need to know this issue is important.
It is critical to push back on all of the harsh and likely unconstitutional actions President Trump has taken on immigration. As part of that effort, let’s push for some security for the DREAMERS.
Today’s action: Read up on the President’s Immigration orders and the response. Then, SIGN our Pathway to Citizenship for DREAMers petition. And SEND this to your friends or share it on Facebook (there’s a handy link at the top of the Petition) and ask them to sign!