In his first week in office, President Trump began implementing his campaign promise to target refugees and immigrants.
On Friday, Trump signed an executive order that effectively prohibits the entry into the United States of Muslim citizens of seven countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
The order affects approximately 25,000 people holding student and work visas, and as many as 500,000 people who are permanent legal residents of the United States.
And it comes just days after an order threatening to withdraw federal funds from the more than 300 U.S. cities that have declared themselves sanctuaries for our immigrant students and members and their families.
Trump also took action on building a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.
These orders have created chaos and instability in the United States and abroad, and they will harm many AFT members and millions of our students, patients, families, friends and neighbors.
We—our country and our union—are better than this.
These executive orders violate the moral and political direction established by AFT resolutions on immigration and refugees reaching back for several decades.
We oppose Trump’s orders, the racist and xenophobic logic that underlies them, the havoc they have created in the lives of those affected, and the damage they have done to America’s standing in the world and to our national security. According to experts, they will make our country less, not more, secure.
Like many of you, over the weekend we have been actively engaged in protests of these orders. We want to make the AFT’s opposition to the orders clear, make sure you have the necessary information to assist affected members and those we serve, and give you resources with which to fight this outrageous abuse of power.
For more on all of these topics, and updates as we have them, click here. We urge you to share these resources as broadly as possible.
Randi Weingarten, President
Loretta Johnson, AFT Secretary-Treasurer
Mary Cathryn Ricker, AFT Executive Vice President