On January 27, 2017, the Trump administration implemented the first Muslim and refugee ban, effectively barring citizens of several Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. The response from the MASA field, allies, and the general public was swift - thousands showed up at airports to provide legal assistance, and show their support for Muslims in the U.S. and abroad, to collectively say "No Muslim Ban Ever."
In the two years that followed, many in the MASA field worked tirelessly by strategizing legal arguments against all four versions of the ban, organizing at the local level, placing op-eds in newspapers around the country, and centering the voices of those most impacted by these policies. This advocacy includes the December 2018 success in reuniting a Yemeni mother trapped in Egypt by the ban with her terminally ill son (who has since sadly passed away) and her husband in the U.S. Read more here.
While the Supreme Court upheld the ban in its June 2018 decision, the fight is far from over. The Security & Rights Collaborative's (SRC) grantees, field partners, and allies continue to fight for justice on the Hill, in the media, and in their communities.
As we observe the two year anniversary of the first ban going into place, we will hear from field leaders who are working relentlessly to rescind the bans piece by piece. The briefing will also include a discussion of key opportunities to support this field, and a chance to ask your questions and learn more about these critical issues.
• Ramzi Kassem, Director of the Immigrant & Non-Citizen Rights Clinic, Supervisor of Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility (CLEAR)
Call-in details will be sent to those who RSVP. Open to foundation representatives and philanthropic advisors