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Poligon Education Fund Stands Against Administration's Attempt at Muslim Ban 2.0
WASHINGTON, DC – Poligon Education Fund strongly condemns President Trump’s second attempt, via executive order, to ban Muslims from entering the United States. The guidelines - set to go into effect on March 16th, 2017 - are un-American, undermine U.S. national security, and will only increase Islamophobic sentiments across the nation.
While some changes were made - such as Iraqis being excluded from the ban, Syrian refugees no longer barred indefinitely, and the exception of green card and other visa holders - it remains at heart a Muslim ban. The revised order continues to ban men, women, and children from 6 majority-Muslim countries — Iran, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Syria and Libya. Furthermore, the order fails to address the concerns of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals which explicitly rejected the Trump administration’s plea to reinstate the original ban on security grounds.
America’s national security is not threatened by Muslims entering the country. Rather, the Muslim community is a significant and undeniable asset to our country’s diversity, prosperity, and pride. This country is a global beacon of hope and opportunity because of its immigrants and refugees; not in spite of them.
We strongly urge members of Congress to immediately denounce these executive orders and to take whatever means necessary to prevent their implementation. Poligon Education Fund will also continue to oppose this hateful and counterproductive proposal and to demand that our elected officials and courts defend the Constitution and strike down this Muslim Ban.
Poligon Education Fund is a non profit, non-partisan charitable organization providing research and education on issues of concern to American Muslims and their allies.