Lacey and Jim say President Trump wants to deny Muslims into the United States. The courts say the travel ban is unconstitutional. Initially, when the ban first went into effect, around 200 people were detained, but then a New York judge intervened.
The frst court decreed that the US refugees or visitors from areas affected by the named countries may not be sent back to their country. But the prerequisite stated that they must possess of a valid visa or green card. Judge Ann M. Donnelly explained her decision.
In summary “…it consists in the absence of grounds for the deportation of imminent risk of substantial and irreparable harm to refugees, visa holders and individuals of those nations that are affected by the presidential decree of January 27.”
Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin said Tump’s provisional ban caused chaos and confusion at airports in several parts of the world. Iraqis and Yemenis to Sudanese people were stopped with valid visas shortly before their departure on domestic flights, or at stops on the way to the United States. Hundreds were stranded after their arrival in the United States:
Excluded from the muslim entry ban were diplomats and members of international organizations, and people who travel to the United Nations. Learn more about Jim Larkin: http://www.linkedin.com/in/jim-larkin-8a2a4213a and https://www.crunchbase.com/person/jim-larkin-2#/entity
At airports in several US cities, thousands of people protested. At New York’s JFK airport there were more than 1,000 who were demonstrating peacefully.
US civil rights organization, ACLU had filed injunctions in court, along with two other groups, on behalf of several that were arrested. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin say the ACLU is still arguing several other parts of Trump’s executive decree. Worldwide human rights organizations have been outraged.
The Frontera Fund, spearheaded by Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin say immigrants must demand their rights, and their website has posted the basic facts of what to do if stopped. For example;
- Do Not surrender your green card
- Do demand to a hearing in front of an immigration judge
- Do ask for lawyer
American companies with overseas employees were concerned about the impact of the decree, like Google, who had more than 100 employees who come from Muslim countries, and were still abroad. Even in a rush, families with visas who heard about the ban and rushed back into the US were stopped. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin of the Frontera Fund warned of catastrophic consequences.
The Frontera Fund works against hateful campaigns, such as this muslim ban. The organization, founded just three years ago, focuses on civil and human rights issues and core protections. Because of their long-standing interest in the abuses committed in the Hispanic community in Arizona, they began advocacy in that area, ultimately becoming a national organization.