The third version of President Trump’s travel ban goes into effect, despite existing legal challenges winding their way through the lower courts. U.S. Supreme Court made this decision earlier this month. With that in mind, for Throwback Thursday (#TBT), let’s go back to the beginning of the year when educators first took a stand against one of President Trump’s first executive orders.
The first version of the ban targeted Muslims and refugees from seven countries. NEA President and Utah educator Lily Eskelsen Garcia pointed out that Trump was using hateful actions to undermine our core values as a nation.
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Donald Trump’s Muslim and refugee ban is a deliberate and coordinated attack on our core values as Americans and on those who come to our country seeking safety, freedom, and opportunity and, in the process, make America a better country. These are our students, our friends, our families, our colleagues, and our neighbors.”
“Trump’s directive–a Muslim ban–is a clear violation of our Constitutional principles of freedom of religion and equal protection under the law.”
“Educators oppose these ill-conceived, hateful actions because they are a drastic departure from our core American values. We don’t teach hate, we don’t tell people how to pray, and we do not ban people based on their religion. Period.”
“As the Trump administration threatens our values and our way of life, we will double-down on our efforts to protect some of the world’s most vulnerable citizens.
Eskelsen Garcia went on to say Americans are stronger when we come together and weaker when we let fear and lack of understanding and familiarity come between us.
As mentioned earlier, as a result of the ruling from the highest court in the nation, the latest version of the administration’s travel ban goes into effect despite lower court challenges. This travel ban currently targets eight nations, six of them predominantly Muslim. It bans from entering the country people from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad, North Korea and some groups from Venezuela.