A Guide to Resisting Muslim Ban 2.0

Thousands of protesters filled International Terminal 5 at O’Hare Airport in Chicago the day after the first Muslim Ban was signed. (Photo: Sarah-Ji)

After delaying its issuance in order to bask in the continued normalization and celebration of his regime by mainstream media, Trump on Monday signed his regime’s latest attempt at introducing a “constitutional” Muslim ban.

Do not let new words disguise old intentions.

The new order “temporarily” bans nationals from Iran (my motherland), Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan and Libya — all Muslim-majority countries that are suffering through US bombings, drone strikes or ruinous sanctions — from receiving visas to enter the United States. The new order also expands its suspension of refugee resettlement to include a 120 day-suspension for all refugees seeking safety. It also differs from the last executive order in its removal of the exception made for “religious minorities” fleeing persecution (i.e., the exception for Christian refugees, as we always knew a Shia Muslim fleeing persecution in a Sunni-dominated state would not be classified as such). In addition, the new order claims not to apply to those foreign nationals who have already been granted asylum or visas.

Also notably different from the last executive order is that Iraq has been removed from the banned countries — but not because the Trump regime suddenly has realized the United States’ role in destabilizing and destroying the nation. Rather, Trump crossed Iraq off from the list based on an idea that most US politicians share: the notion that the sole value of Muslims is as a group on the “inside” that can fight terrorism and protect Americans. Just as Bill Clinton’s speech at the Democratic National Convention requested that “If you’re a Muslim and you love America and freedom and you hate terror, stay here and help us win and make a future together,” the Trump regime sees Iraq as a strategic ally to help fight “terrorism” — and not much else.

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