A coalition of diverse racial, ethnic and religious groups marched in downtown Los Angeles Sunday, Oct. 15, against President Donald Trump’s third version of his travel ban, which is set to go into effect nationwide on Wednesday.
The Greater Los Angeles Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations joined a coalition of partner organizations for the #NoMuslimBanEver March and Rally beginning at noon at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo.
“If you look at it with a little bit of attention and detail, you know this is still a Muslim ban; it’s still impacting six Muslim countries that are going to be suffering from this,” said Masih Fouladi, advocacy manager at CAIR-LA, in a phone interview this weekend.
The latest travel restrictions have added two non-majority Muslim countries, North Korea and Venezuela, as well as Chad, which is predominantly Muslim, to the list of five Muslim majority nations that in this latest version will be indefinitely banned: Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia. Sudan was dropped from the previous list.
The new ban is expected to bar tens of thousands of individuals from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia annually from obtaining green cards, according to an analysis cited by the American Civil Liberties Union.
Meanwhile, North Korea accounted for only about 60 affected visas last year, while in Venezueula, only certain government officials and their relatives will be affected, according to the ACLU, which is challenging the latest executive order in federal court.
Fouladi said he knows of a young couple here whose parents wish to visit their new grandchild, but would be unable to do so under the new ban.
“It’s not only those immigrants who are trying to come here who are going to be suffering but the U.S. Citizen and green card-holder family members who they have here who now won’t be able to see their family, to help their family if they are in medical need,” Fouladi said.
The Trump Administration has said the ban will make the country safer from terrorists and other public safety threats. The administration argues that the countries identified in its latest version have deficiencies with respect to identity-management and information-sharing capabilities and practices.
At the Japanese American National Museum on Sunday, Kanji Sahara will talk about his experiences as a detainee when he was a boy during World War II.
The event also includes stops at the Roybal Court Center, where speakers will tackle criminal justice and immigration policies. Finally, the march will proceed to the Federal Courthouse, where attendees will hear stories from individuals who will be impacted by the ban, organizers said.
source: daily news