Activists and members of Congress protested this week in Detroit President Donald Trump’s ban on residents traveling from mostly Muslim-majority countries from the United States.
Friday was the one-year anniversary of the the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the Muslim ban and protesters called for its repeal.
U.S. Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit), Andy Levin (D-Bloomfield Twp.) and Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) attended the event, as well as those from the office of U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield), ACCESS, the African Bureau of Immigration & Social Affairs, ACLU-Michigan, CAIR-MI, Engage Michigan, the Detroit Hispanic Development Corp., Michigan Roundtable on Diversity & Inclusion, and the Yemen American Benevolent Association.
“This ban was the third iteration of a travel ban that is rooted in xenophobia and racism,” said Tlaib. “This ban has kept people away from their families and has kept sick people from getting life-saving medical care. It has fueled the anti-Muslim climate in the U.S. by denying a group of people from coming to this country. This is not about politics; it’s about keeping families together, it’s about religious liberties, and it’s about civil rights. It’s about our value of being a welcoming country.”
U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) said “Freedom of Religion is a fundamental pillar of our democracy. Discriminating against someone because of their religion isn’t who the United states has ever been. The discriminatory Muslim Ban keeps people away from their loved ones and says ‘Do Not Enter’ to refugees fleeing war and violence. National security experts have been clear that the Muslim Ban has made our country less safe.”
The No Ban Act (HR 2214) which would repeal the Muslim Ban and prevent any others like it from being implemented. HR 810 also blocks the implementation of presidential actions related to those traveling from certain countries.
“At this moment, we have two options as a nation: continue the path designed by the Muslim ban, abandoning our moral compass. Or we can claw our way back from the edge by passing the NO BAN ACT and finally breathing life into the words ‘Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses,” said Rana Elmir, deputy director for ACLU Michigan.