Trump's Immigration Ban, and How You Can Get Involved

Trump's Immigration Ban, and How You Can Get Involved

Quick and easy ways you can take action.

Quick and easy ways you can take action.

Photography: Rachel Kober

Text: Alice Ly

On January 27, President Donald J. Trump passed an executive order temporarily blocking people from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the United States on visas. The executive order suspended resettlement of refugees for 120 days and anyone from Muslim-majority countries for 90 days—though Trump is still insisting that this is "not a Muslim ban," as he said in a statement released on Sunday.

In response to the order, many have taken to social media, airports, and the streets to voice their outrage. Here are four key measures you can take to get involved with the cause.

Donate

Alongside a lawsuit declaring Trump's ban unconstitutional, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) raised $24.1 million over the weekend, which is more than they have collected in the past year. They will continue taking donations promising to continue fighting Trump and his administration. “President Trump's war on equality is already taking a terrible human toll. This ban cannot be allowed to continue,” said Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project.

You can donate to the ACLU here. Sia has pledge to match donations to ACLU up to $100K if people send screenshots of their donation receipt here. Chris Sacca, an American investor and entrepreneur, has pledge to match donations up to $25K if users tweet him here. Grimes is matching donations of up to $10K to Council on American-Islamic Relations if people tweet her proof of a donation here.

If you’ve already donated to ACLU, here are smaller organizations you can donate to:

Council on American-Islam Relations (CAIR)

CUNY CLEAR

Muslim Advocates

Muslin ARC

National Partnership for Americans

Families for Freedom

Dream Defenders

Black Alliance for Immigration

National Network for Arab American Communities

Protest

Protests are taking place across the country and serve as a way of show solidarity to those who are vulnerable. While Trump's administration will not directly acknowledge citizens, protesting is a way to grab the attention of the media and leaders. A list of protests can be found here.

This is extending beyond the borders of the U.S. as well; on Friday, January 27, after Prime Minster Theresa May and President Trump had their first meeting, May faced pressure and criticism after she failed to condemn Trump on the executive order. As a response, thousands plan to protest across the U.K. A list of protests can be found here.

Call Your Representatives

Ask your representatives and senators to represent your views and prove that we are still living in a democracy. They may not have the power alone to undo an executive order, but they can put pressure on the administration to repeal the order. To find your representatives, visit here. If you are in the U.K., you can find ways to contact your MP here.

Spread the Word

Creating Law Enforcement Accountability and Responsibility (CLEAR) has released an advice sheet laying out how civilians of the banned countries should go about traveling in and out of the United States, available here. Share this message with as many people as you can.

Below are images from this weekend's protest at Battery Park and Foley Square in New York City, where upwards of 10,000 attended—including Bill De Blasio, Gigi and Bella Hadid, Chelsea Clinton, and JLo.

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