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From Our Revolution, Jan 26, 2017
"States and cities are going to be on the front lines of taking on the Trump administration's attempts to target immigrants and criminalize communities of color.

In California, Senate leader Kevin de León has introduced SB 54, the California Values Act, to create safe spaces and expand protections for the undocumented. This legislation would ban the use of state and local resources for carrying out the work of federal immigration officials in deportation actions."

ALERT!

Virginia anti-immigrant legislation

From ACLU of Virginia

logo-american-civil-liberties-union There are currently six bills up for consideration in the House of Delegates that would result in discrimination or force localities or colleges into becoming agents for federal immigration authorities using your tax dollars.

Take action now: Demand your Virginia delegate to vote against these anti-immigrant bills.

Del. Robert Marshall's (R-Manassas) HB1468 seeks to force state and local jails to hold people for U.S. Immigration and Customers Enforcement (ICE) even after they've served their terms and are supposed to be released. Sheriffs and other jail officials know that's unconstitutional. Governor McAuliffe vetoed a nearly identical bill last year.

Del. Rich Anderson's (R-Woodbridge) HB1723 would require charities and others working with refugees to report to local politicians exactly when and where refugees choose to resettle. This would mark an already vulnerable population for unconstitutional intimidation and harassment.

Del. Charles Poindexter's (R-Glade Hill) HB2000 and Del. Ben Cline's (R-Amherst) HB2236 attempt to force localities into “volunteering” to enforce federal immigration laws using local tax dollars by threatening withdrawal of state funds. Communities will be less safe if immigrants see local police as nothing more than an arm of ICE and become reluctant to cooperate in solving crimes. Virginia has had a state law mandating all people taken into custody have their immigration status checked when admitted, meaning ICE already has all they need to know in order to keep criminal aliens from being released if they see them as dangerous to public safety.

Delegate Poindexter's HB2001 would require every employee of public colleges and universities to “cooperate” with immigration enforcement becoming informers for ICE.

Delegate Poindexter's HB2002 would require nonprofit refugee resettlement agencies to report information about its residents to the state Department of Social Services. Refugees already undergo strict screening by Homeland Security and the FBI before resettling in America.

The amazing breadth and depth of resistance to the president's ban on refugees and Muslim immigrants demonstrates that most Americans are compassionate and welcoming. This is a country of immigrants. We do neither ourselves nor our new neighbors any favor by adopting laws clearly designed to hurt them or turn any of us into snitches for the federal government.

Urge your state delegate to oppose all of these measures. Virginia is better than this.

Timeline of Muslim Ban

—June 26: SCOTUS to take up ban
The Supreme Court agreed to review Trump's travel ban in Oct, allowing a watered-down version to go into effect in the meantime.
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—March 15: New Ban blocked
US District Court Judge Derrick Watson's decision prevents the executive order from going into effect, for now.

—March 6: New Ban issued
New ban excludes Iraq; takes effect in 10 days.

—Feb 18: New DHS guidelines
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly signed new guidelines empowering federal authorities to more aggressively detain and deport illegal immigrants inside the United States and at the border.

—Feb 10: Trump attacks courts

—Feb 10: Appeal rejected
US Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, San Francisco, unanimously upheld a ruling last Friday by federal district judge Robart.

—Feb 5: Appeal rejected
A federal appeals court early Sunday rejected a request by Trump officials to immediately restore the travel. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals asked both sides to file legal briefs before the court makes its final decision after a federal judge halted the program on Friday.

—Feb 3: Immediate restraining order
Federal Judge James Robart, appointed by former President George W. Bush and approved by a 99-0 Senate vote in 2004, issued an immediate nationwide restraining order against the ban.

—Jan 30: Trump fires Yates

—Jan 30: Acting AG refuses to enforce ban
Acting Attorney General Sally Q. Yates refused to defend Trump's immigration executive order, saying "not convinced that the executive order is lawful."

—Jan 28: Judges issue stays
A federal judge in Brooklyn issued an emergency stay against Trump's executive order, temporarily allowing people who have landed in the United States with a valid visa to remain. Two federal judges in Boston put a seven-day hold on enforcement of Trump's order.

—Jan 28 on: The people protest
Thousands protested Ban at airports around the country -- New York, Washington, Chicago, Dallas, LA, Seattle, Boston. Protests in front of White House. Lawyers all over country volunteer time to help stranded travelers and refugees.

—Jan 27: Trump orders Muslim Ban
Put four-month hold on allowing refugees into the United States and temporarily barred travelers from Syria and six other Muslim-majority.

—Jan 25: Trump says will build wall
would build a wall along the southern border with Mexico and strip federal grant money from sanctuary states and cities that protect undocumented immigrants.

—Jan 21: Women's March
People all over the world protest, including at least 3 M in the US. Immigration policy was one of issues.

—Jan 20: Inauguration

Orgs involved in immigration issues

United We Dream. Youth-led organization fighting for relief & fair treatment for all undocumented immigrants. Website | Facebook| @unitedwedream

ACLU

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

International Refugee Assistance Project -- CALL FOR ATTORNEYS

International Rescue Committee

National Immigration Law Center

Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition (CAIR). Equal justice for all immigrants at risk of detention and deportation in the Washington, DC region.

Muslim Ban

On January 27, Donald Trump signed an executive order [Executive Order 3769] suspending the entry of refugees into the United States for 120 days and directs officials to determine additional poster-we-the-people screening "to ensure that those approved for refugee admission do not pose a threat to the security and welfare of the United States."

The order stops the admission of refugees from Syria indefinitely, and bars entry into the United States for 90 days from seven predominantly Muslim countries linked to concerns about terrorism. Those countries are Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.1 (Muslim countries in which Trump has hotels or golf courses were not included in ban.)4

Sources

1. Trump Bars Refugees and Citizens of 7 Muslim Countries, Michael D. Shear and Helene Cooperjan, NY Times, Jan 27, 2017.

2. Donald Trump's Muslim Ban Is Cowardly and Dangerous, The Editorial Board, New York Times, Jan. 28, 2017.

3. A Federal Judge Just Issued a Stay Against Donald Trump's "Muslim Ban", Mother Jones, Jan. 28, 2017.

4. Countries where Trump does business are not hit by new travel restrictions, Rosalind S. Helderman, Washington Post, January 28, 2017.

5. Thousands Protest At Airports Nationwide Against Trump's Immigration Order, NPR, January 29, 2017

6. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/09/us/politics/appeals-court-trump-travel-ban.html

7. Memos signed by DHS secretary describe sweeping new guidelines for deporting illegal immigrants, David Nakamura, Washington Post, Feb 18, 2017.