One Year of the Muslim Ban. One Year of Resistance.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Sat­ur­day, Jan­u­ary 27, 2018 is the one-year anniver­sary of the Trump administration’s first Mus­lim Ban, a bla­tant­ly Islam­o­pho­bic order bar­ring entry of immi­grants and refugees from sev­en major­i­ty-Mus­lim coun­tries. This administration’s divi­sive rhetoric and poli­cies, includ­ing sev­er­al iter­a­tions of the Mus­lim Ban, have led to increas­ing attacks aimed at Mus­lims and those per­ceived to be Mus­lim in the Unit­ed States.

To mark one year of this administration’s immoral Mus­lim Ban, Suman Raghu­nathan, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of South Asian Amer­i­cans Lead­ing Togeth­er (SAALT), released the fol­low­ing state­ment:

“No one should fear for their safe­ty because of their coun­try of ori­gin, how they pray, speak, or dress. Yet that is exact­ly what this admin­is­tra­tion attempt­ed to accom­plish one year ago today when it signed into the law its first Mus­lim Ban. Over the year, through a com­bi­na­tion of hate­ful rhetoric, tox­ic tweets, and pol­lut­ed poli­cies, includ­ing four iter­a­tions of the Mus­lim Ban, this admin­is­tra­tion has made every effort to insti­tu­tion­al­ize Islam­o­pho­bia.

A forth­com­ing report by SAALT reveals the dead­ly con­se­quences of this administration’s anti-Mus­lim agen­da. From Elec­tion Day 2016 to Elec­tion Day 2017, SAALT doc­u­ment­ed 302 inci­dents of hate vio­lence and xeno­pho­bic polit­i­cal rhetoric aimed at South Asian, Mus­lim, Sikh, Hin­du, Arab, and Mid­dle East­ern indi­vid­u­als in the U.S., of which an astound­ing 82% were moti­vat­ed by anti-Mus­lim sen­ti­ment. It is enough to sim­ply be per­ceived as Mus­lim to be a tar­get of attack. This marks a 45% increase in hate vio­lence from the year lead­ing up to the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, lev­els of vio­lence not seen since the year after Sep­tem­ber 11.

While the White House does every­thing it can to nor­mal­ize hate, our com­mu­ni­ties con­tin­ue to nor­mal­ize resis­tance to this administration’s anti-Mus­lim agen­da. One year ago we took to the air­ports and streets in defi­ance of the Mus­lim Ban. Today the strug­gle con­tin­ues, and our com­mu­ni­ties are mobi­liz­ing nation­wide in defi­ance of divi­sion and in fur­ther­ance of equal­i­ty, fair­ness, and respect. Every day, for as long as it takes, we will demand that our nation’s val­ues are root­ed in cel­e­brat­ing dif­fer­ences, not crim­i­nal­iz­ing them.

The Mus­lim Ban has no place in our society—not one year ago, not now, not ever.”

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South Asian Amer­i­cans Lead­ing Togeth­er (SAALT) is a nation­al, non­par­ti­san, non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion that fights for racial jus­tice and advo­cates for the civ­il rights of all South Asians in the Unit­ed States. Our ulti­mate vision is dig­ni­ty and full inclu­sion for all.

CONTACT: Vivek Trive­di — vivek@saalt.org