On anniversary of SCOTUS upholding Trump’s travel ban, Dems call for repeal

    Protest against the travel ban at the White House, January 2017 | Wikimedia Commons

    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.

    Rashida Tlaib at the Women’s March in Detroit, Jan. 19, 2019 | Ken Coleman

    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.”

    Debbie Dingell at Fortune conference, 2017 | Danuta Otfinowski, Flickr

    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.

    Susan J. Demas is an 18-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 3,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 60 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.


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