President Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban 2.0 is facing the same roadblocks as its predecessor despite being “watered down.”
We are about to learn the reach and limits of Trump’s executive power, as the judicial system challenges his constitutionally questionable executive orders.
The US has a long record of violence against Black Americans, especially in the form of public lynchings. Paying close attention to this history, and how these actions are often seen as justified, can explain how today’s political violence against Muslims, Mexicans, and refugees continues to be normalized in this society.
This week, I read a compilation of investigative journalist Ida B. Wells’ writings entitled, On Lynchings, which discusses anti-Black extra-judicial violence and murder in the United States in the post-Reconstruction period.
As one of the most developed countries in the world, the United States’s policies and decision rarely only affect its own citizens. President Donald Trump’s recently introduced Muslim ban is a very clear example of this.
Meanwhile, the rest of the world is watching and openly commenting on the decisions being made by our leadership. The African Union is the latest to do so after three of the seven countries targeted in the ban – Sudan, Libya and Somalia – are African nations.
Anti-Trump protests have come to a high point during the new President’s first week in office. Following a series of executive orders that seem to cause far more damage than anything, protestors have started to spread their focus elsewhere, to his direct supporters and their own business ventures.
#DeleteUber has been trending since Saturday as a result of the company’s recent actions.
Donald Trump’s executive orders appear to get more dangerous and offensive as time goes on. After only a week in office, he’s attempted to ban all citizens of seven countries with majority Muslim populations including Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.
Travelers have been stranded across the world and sent back to different countries, despite whatever history they may have of working and having a life within its borders. The Trump administration insists they will be lifted in 90-12 days – except for Syria.
It has only been 9 days since President Obama left office and a new administration took over in his place. Since then, Trump has signed a number of executive orders including but not limited to: an order starting the process to create a wall on the US-Mexico border, an order seeking the “prompt repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” and, probably the most egregious, an order banning people from 7-countries and Syrian refugees from entering the United States.
While this has been disheartening and anxiety-inducing, this is not the time for inaction. It is in times like these that we must mobilize in resistance against the institutions and actors who seek to oppress the most marginalized among us and deny basic civil rights to those in need.
Here are five ways you can do something right now to fight back against the tyrannical policies coming from the White House: