Immigration

Immigration

Immigration issues are central to the Trump administration agenda viz. building the wall, the travel ban on six Muslim countries, Muslim registry and hard-line immigration policy and enforcement.

Travel ban

Here is where we are: A federal appeals court dealt another blow to President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban targeting six-Muslim majority countries on Thursday, May 18, 2017, siding with groups that say the policy illegally targets Muslims. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling that blocks the Republican administration from temporarily suspending new visas for people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.

Results of Trump’s immigration crackdown

Law enforcement agencies from around the country are being pressed to assist federal efforts at rounding up individuals sought for deportation. Threats have been made to withhold federal dollars from “sanctuary cities” that do not cooperate. Those hit particularly hard are undocumented workers in low paying jobs. Some results from this crackdown:

  1. Immigration arrests shot up 38 percent in the first 3 months of the year compared with the same period last year.
  2. Immigrant communities are paralyzed by fear- they are making plans for their children if they are deported, and rumors are rampant.
  3. Some 750,000 young people who were brought into the country as children were issued work permits and temporary protection from deportation under an Obama program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Their status is also uncertain.

Immigration and Solidarity with Muslims Team

Our team supports actions that protect the undocumented by supporting the Sanctuary movement (passage of SB 54) and protests local unfair detentions. We protect local residents from discrimination such as the proposal to create a Muslim registry or prevent our neighbors from exercising their rights as Americans. We are active in protecting immigrant’s rights. We partner with local, regional and national organizations who share these goals.

What we do:

Inform and educate community

Support training workshops on “Know Your Rights” and community response to ICE raids; canvass neighborhoods passing out red cards on “your rights”.

Support/fight legislation

SB 54- advocate in Sacramento with ACLU and others, seek support from Board of Supervisors who passed two resolutions and sent letter in support, and seek such support from all Marin city councils and town halls.

Support victims of immigration crackdown

  1. Take action to free wrongly incarcerated- Hugo Mejia and Rodrigo Nunez.
  2. Attend protests on the second Sunday of each month at the West County Detention Center, 5555 Giant Hwy., Richmond. Hosted by Let Our People Go and Kehilla Community Synagogue.
  3. Make care packages for people detained in the West County Detention Center.

Support partner groups and work with them

Canal Alliance is a special partner. Involvement with ACLU, ILRC, Building Bridges, United Marin Rising makes possible direct action through their campaigns, protests, trainings etc. We benefit from involvement with Marin Organizing Committee (MOC), schools and active faith-based groups.

Build relationships with Muslims in Marin county through interactions with the two Islamic Centers in Marin

  1. The Islamic Center of North Marin located in Novato. They have a Family Potluck and Halaqa (Friday 8-10 pm). No RSVP is required.
  2. Islamic Center of Mill Valley.