June 01, 2017

Civil Rights: The “Muslim Ban” Violates U.S. Law and Treaty Commitments

Eleanor Acer and Robyn Barnard

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In one of his first acts as president of the United States, Donald Trump issued an executive order blocking Syrian and other refugees who had already been approved for U.S. resettlement, as well as immigrants and travelers from seven Muslim majority countries. The January 27, 2017, order, titled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States,” quickly became known as the “Muslim ban.” Although the executive order did not describe itself as a “Muslim ban,” its discriminatory purpose and impact were obvious.

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