Trump Targets More Immigrants and Families with Extended Muslim Ban

United We Dream Press Releases

The Muslim Ban is a family separation policy, a white supremacist policy and a disgrace to our nation. We must come together and fight back.

For Immediate Release
Contact: José Alonso Muñoz | jose@unitedwedream.org | 202.810.0746

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Trump administration announced additional countries in an expanded Muslim travel ban. This iteration will suspend visas that can lead to permanent residency for people from Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar and Nigeria, and will also end diversity visas to nationals of Sudan and Tanzania. 

According to a report by Vox, the expansion of the ban would likely hit Nigeria the hardest. The largest African country by population was granted almost 14,000 green cards and 222,000 temporary visas in 2018. 

Sanaa Abrar, Advocacy Director of United We Dream, said:

“Time and again I have seen this racist and anti-Muslim president attack communities like mine, whether through hateful rhetoric or multiple bans meant to target Muslim people and their families. 

All of these policies are based on a desire to exclude and deport communities of color. Let’s be clear, today’s announcement is also rooted in Islamophobia and is connected to other attacks from this administration, including Trump closing our borders to asylum-seekers, imposing a racially motivated wealth test on immigrants through the “public charge” rule, caging Black and brown children at our border and demonizing their parents to justify doing so, and killing DACA and TPS protections. 

We won’t be silent in the face of this shameful expansion of the Muslim Ban. We’ll keep fighting back against this in our communities, in the courts, and in Congress by demanding passage of the NO BAN Act.”

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United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful network made up of over 400,000 members and 48 affiliate organizations across 26 states. UWD’s vision is to build a multi-racial, multi-ethnic movement of young people who organize and advocate at the local and national levels for the dignity and justice of immigrants and communities of color in the United States.