Articles Published in February, 2017
Roud table discussion with , Andrea Young, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia (ACLU) and Glory Kilanko, Director & CEO Women Watch Afrika,Inc. Topic of the discussion: President Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) barring travel and immigration to the United States on Friday, January 27th, 2017. The EO, which took immediate effect, targeted individuals from seven countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. Despite being dubbed the ‘Muslim Ban,’ Trump’s executive order impacts all communities from the seven nations, regardless of individuals’ religious or ethnic backgrounds. However, the ban adds an unprecedented ‘religious test’ component for anyone seeking refuge that bars Muslims fleeing persecution. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) detained, deported, and restricted individuals from traveling to the United States, including those already mid-flight.