The Muslim Ban & Biden’s Promise

In January 2017, President Trump issued his original Muslim Ban just days after entering office. 

The executive order barred people from several Muslim-majority countries from traveling to the US for 90 days leaving thousands of vulnerable people, many of whom had already been approved for resettlement to the US, trapped in uncertainty.

Source: CNN

How the Ban has affected Muslims

  • The number of refugees from Muslim majority countries seeking protection in the U.S. has declined. 
  • The number of visas issued to nationals of Muslim majority countries – including nationals from non-banned countries has declined as well.
  • Millions of people fleeing violence; hoping to reunite with their families, access medical treatment, pursue their careers; and many more are banned from entering the United States. 
  • U.S. Muslim Americans residing in the U.S. have been cut off from their families and friends who are barred from entering the country. 
  • There has been a rise in incidents of intimidation, bias, and violence against people in Muslim-American majority communities.
  • It has also affected people from four countries that have—or have had—Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designations: Somalia, Syria, Yemen, and Sudan. TPS offers protection from deportation to people from countries affected by war, natural disaster, or other humanitarian crises.

The justices ruled in favor of the Trump administration because federal law gives the President broad authority to suspend entry to the U.S.–a justification that has helped the Trump administration further camouflage the xenophobic, racist, and Islamophobic intent behind the policy.

Biden Vowed to Repeal Trump’s Muslim Ban

On his first day in office, US President-elect Joe Biden plans to issue several executive orders, including the Muslim ban.

“As president, I’ll work with you to rip the poison of hate from our society to honor your contributions and seek your ideas. My administration will look like America, with Muslim Americans serving at every level,” Biden said in October.

We need him to keep his promises and end the injustices of the past four years. We need Joe Biden to demonstrate his commitment to turning the page on a new chapter in our country’s treatment of American Muslims. We acknowledge it will require a lot of hard work to overturn the discriminatory policies that affect Muslims. But repealing the Muslim bans is a first step, but as we know, they are just one of the many ways in which American Muslim communities have been targeted in the last several decades.

We look forward to being included in a more diverse federal government, to have our voices heard, reform our criminal justice system, and counter racism in policing. The new administration should start implementing proposals placed by Muslim organizations immediately, not only to undo the harm of the previous administration but to build positive change for our country.