Braced for more troubling news, immigrants around the country nervously await version two of President Trump’s travel ban. The revised executive order is expected next week.
For many, the travel ban represents the latest manifestation of an ongoing struggle against racism and discrimination. Their heartache and frustration runs much deeper, whether the travel ban is on or off.
Trump’s initial executive order temporarily blocked entry to the U.S. for refugees and people from seven majority Muslim countries. White House officials described the effort as a “pause” in the visa programs to review any gaps in the security screening processes. Lawsuits followed, and a week after the order came out, a federal judge in Seattle put the travel ban on hold.
As the ruling come down, a few dozen immigrant leaders were meeting with Senator Maria Cantwell at the Abu-Bakr Islamic Center in Tukwila. Their cheers were tempered. They knew this was a small step in an uphill climb.
Many of the concerns shared at the meeting go far beyond politics, a president or an executive order.
In their own words