Statement on Muslim Ban from Student Bar Association
Sunday, January 29, 2017
Posted by: Jordan Uhl
Washington, DC—Dear Colleagues,
Greetings. As we witness yet another extraordinary event of inhumanity play out in our time, it is incumbent upon each of us as equity warriors at a social justice law school to make a larger commitment to the ideals of justice and equality in this fight with our Muslim brothers and sisters. Although the executive order has been stayed by a federal judge for now, it is important that we rally together with our hearts and minds to provide this community with support and advocacy skills. This discriminatory executive order is an affront to the spirit and ideals of our democracy.
This is, however, the fight that UDC-DCSL was made for! We are the people that were built for such a time as this! The SBA is in communication with Dean Broderick and our director of the UDC Human Rights and Immigration, Kristina Campbell. Because our clinic is already engaged at full capacity with clients and this is a highly technical area of law, students wishing to help are encouraged to contact:
The International Refugee Assistance Project at (https://refugeerights.org) , The National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIP-NLG) (https://www.nationalimmigrationproject.org) or The Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition (CAIR Coalition) (https://www.caircoalition.org). These organizations have the resources and expertise to help in this fight. This is just the beginning of this fight, and we need to ensure that we are working with the broader community to ensure that the rights of this vulnerable population are protected.
Finally, I want to encourage our Muslim and immigrant students in this fight. You are not alone and we stand with you! This executive order set forth by this President is nothing but the latest attempt in a long lineage of failed and futile immigration policies to subject non-white citizens to white supremacy. This legal history is well-known. From the first Naturalization Act of 1790 to the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, and other 20th century iterations of immigration law, our country has used the law to systematically exclude people of color from America. None of those efforts have worked, and these attempts will not either. Justice will prevail, because we demand it!
In The Fight For Justice,
Jonathan Newton, SBA President