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Rising Voices of Asian American Families Condemns Expanded Muslim Ban

Detroit, MI - Last week, as Americans watched the Senate’s impeachment process, President Trump announced an expanded Muslim (“Travel”) Ban. In addition to the countries already targeted- Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, North Korea and Venezuela - the expansion will suspend the issuance of all immigrant visas for nationals of Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar (Burma), and Nigeria and the issuance of diversity visas for nationals of Sudan and Tanzania.


Rising Voices of Asian American Families (Rising Voices) organizes Asian Americans in Michigan focusing on women, femme-identifying people, families and our issues. Rising Voices develops leadership, and seeks to expand the notion of what it means to be civically engaged.


Rising Voices condemns the original Muslim Ban as un-American, xenophobic, and Islamophobic, and notes that 33 percent of Asian Americans identify as Muslims. We condemn this expansion for these same reasons, and the blatant anti-Blackness it exhibits. This President has repeatedly shown his disregard for Black Americans and African nationals, and, now, he is barring 25 percent of an entire continent from entering the country. We as Asian Americans condemn anti-Blackness and we stand in solidarity with all those impacted by this ban.


Laura Misumi, Executive Director of Rising Voices, reminds us that, “Asian Americans have experienced some of the most explicit of America’s restrictive immigration policies that have shaped and defined who gets to be considered ‘American.’ We remember and bear the legacy of the Chinese Exclusion Act, Japanese American incarceration during WWII, the US government’s broken promises to Southeast Asians, the PATRIOT Act, and now the Muslim Ban. Less than a week after Fred Korematsu Day, a day honoring an American civil liberties hero who opposed Japanese American incarceration, we must remember that our nation should never exclude people based on national origin.”


Rising Voices unequivocally calls on all levels of government to not only renounce this type of legal hate, but to implement safeguards in their respective offices. Specifically, Rising Voices, alongside the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), urges Congress to end this immediately by passing the NO BAN Act (HR 2214, Chu). The NO BAN Act would repeal the Trump administration’s cruel Muslim Ban and further limit this or any future administration’s ability to do something similar ever again.


APALA has gathered these resources to take action and support the NO BAN Act:

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