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    Default UNF students sit in demanding justice, sanctuary campus

    UNF students sit in demanding justice, sanctuary campus
    Students want ban on Trump administration visiting campus



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    Jacksonville, FL - The University of North Florida (UNF) chapter of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) rallied, marched, and staged a sit in, Feb. 28, to present several demands to the school administration. These demands included turning the campus into a sanctuary campus, banning Trump’s administration from visiting UNF, and pushing for more Black, Latino and other oppressed nationality teachers and students on campus. There was also a call for a $15 living wage for all workers on campus. Over 40 students participated in the event, titled “SDS Strikes Back” in reference to last semester’s huge Black Lives Matter rally that launched SDS and pulled a core of student activists together.

    The students began by rallying. Several speakers told the crowd about the importance of fighting for a more just society in which everybody was treated fairly, a fight that SDS has started on campus. There were a few conservative students that tried to disrupt the rally, but they were unable to do so and the protesters mostly ignored them and prevented them from speaking.

    The students then rallied behind the banner and chanted “No ban, no wall, sanctuary for all!” and “When immigrant lives are under attack, what do we do? Stand up, fight back!” The militant march showed that students are willing to stand up and fight for those that are hit the hardest by the Trump administration, and fight against attacks on immigrants, the Black community, queer people and students.

    Students marched to the university president's office to deliver the list of demands, emphasizing the call for a sanctuary campus, and demand a meeting from the president of the university. SDS sat near the president’s office and held a sit-in long enough to see both the university president and the former mayor of Jacksonville carefully step through the crowd of students on their way to the back rooms. SDS promised to return and elevate their campaign if the administration failed to respond correctly.

    Summing up the event, Monique Williamson, president of UNF SDS, had this to say: “We held a rally to show UNF that we will stand against hate in any form. All of our groups will not stop fighting until we’ve won our demands. Brown and Black unity forever.”

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    Default #HereToStay Alert: 22 year-old detained after speaking out!

    #HereToStay Alert: 22 year-old detained after speaking out!


    Chris,

    ICE agents detained 22-year-old Dany Vargas just hours after she courageously spoke about her fear of deportation at a press conference in Mississippi. She was afraid because two weeks ago, ICE officers raided her home and detained both her brother and father while she hid terrified in her closet for four hours.

    DACA (Deferred action for childhood arrivals) is a program that provides young undocumented immigrants a work permit and protects them from deportation. Trump said multiple times that people like Dany had nothing to fear and Speaker Paul Ryan looked DACA beneficiary Angelica Villalobos in the eye and said the same.

    Dany, who is DACA beneficiary, should have been safe, but immigration agents stopped the car she was in and said, "You know who we are, you know what we're here for.”

    Dany must be given her freedom, now. Sign the petition to #FreeDany.

    If we get enough people to show support for Dany by signing this petition, we can apply the necessary pressure on Secretary Kelly, the head of DHS, who has the power to release her and protect the DACA program once and for all!

    Dany came to the U.S. when she was 7 years old and was a beneficiary of the DACA program. She is a manager at a small store and dreams of becoming a math teacher.

    Like many beneficiaries of the DACA program, paying the nearly $500 in fees every two years was hard, and her DACA status expired. However, she saved up, got the money together and her renewal application is now in the approval process. But because of this technicality, ICE tracked her down and put her into the deportation pipeline.

    DACA should have protected Dany from deportation - and no one should be punished for being a low-income worker.

    Sign this petition now!

    --Greisa and the rest of the United We Dream (UWD) team

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    Default Victory! Sara Beltran Hernandez Released

    Victory! Sara Beltran Hernandez Released


    Dear Chris,

    Moments ago, Sara Beltran Hernandez was released.

    Sara is a 26-year-old mother of two who fled to the U.S. to escape gang and domestic violence. But despite having a claim to asylum, she was locked up for 15 months. ICE officials refused to release Sara on parole even after she collapsed in her cell as a result of a brain tumor.

    But Amnesty members like you spoke up. And when you raised your voice, you shut down three ICE phone lines.

    It is victorious moments like this that sustain us. But our fight has only begun.

    Imagine escaping unspeakable violence in your hometown—only to be automatically treated like a criminal in the place you sought refuge. Imagine being taken to and from a medical appointment in shackles and handcuffs—even while suffering from a tumor that has bled into your brain.

    This happened to Sara, but her case will not be unique.

    In the face of President Trump’s aggressive immigration orders, we must fight to ensure that people with asylum claims are given a fair hearing and humane treatment. Detention should be used as a last resort.

    Take action now to tell the Trump Administration that people like Sara, who are risking everything to escape horrific violence, should not be treated like criminals while their cases are processed.

    We will do everything we can to ensure protection for people who are fleeing violence. But we will need your help.

    Thank you for taking action today.

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    Default ADC Files FOIA Request Regarding Global Entry Revocations

    ADC Files FOIA Request Regarding Global Entry Revocations



    American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee



    ADC Files FOIA Request Regarding Global Entry Revocations

    Washington, D.C. | www.adc.org | March 9, 2017 – The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) has submitted a request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to the Department of Homeland Security – Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) regarding the revocation of Global Entry privileges for Arab and Muslim Americans. The effort is led by Mr. Andrew Free from the Law Office of Andrew Free, as well as with Mr. Greg Siskind of Siskind Susser, P.C.; both have volunteered their time and resources to assist with this matter.


    ADC received reports that immediately following the presidential election in November persons who were granted access to the Global Entry program had the privilege revoked by CBP. Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States.

    The FOIA request included a specific request for any and all records maintained by the agency relating to revocations, suspensions, terminations, as well as the numbers, confirmations, and policy practices of such decisions.

    If you have had your Global Entry privilege revoked, please contact ADC immediately by emailing the ADC Legal Department to legal@adc.org. In the email please include the date your Global Entry privilege was denied. Also, please include your contact information. You can also call our office at 202-244-2990. You can also email ADC Legal Department at legal@adc.org for additional information.


    As a result of these actions taken by this administration, ADC anticipates a large influx of cases, which may strain our financial resources. We can only continue our work with your generous support. With your support ADC can expand its legal and advocacy services, and continue to protect the community. Take time and make a contribution today by clicking here.


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    Default Young woman targeted for opposing immigration policy as Trump steps up campaign of in

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    Young woman targeted for opposing immigration policy as Trump steps up campaign of intimidation

    By Patrick Martin

    9 March 2017

    Press reports from around the United States document the stepped-up efforts of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), acting on the basis of the executive orders issued by President Trump, to deport longtime residents of the United States. In many cases, individuals have been targeted for no other purpose than to intimidate the immigrant community.

    Attorneys for Daniela Vargas, a young immigrant brought to the United States from Argentina when she was seven years old, have filed a petition in federal court charging that US immigration officers violated her First Amendment right to freedom of speech, targeting her for arrest after she spoke at a news conference in Jackson, Mississippi against the arrest of her father and brother.

    The Southern Poverty Law Center and the National Immigration Law Center joined with Vargas’s immigration attorneys to seek a writ of habeas corpus Monday in the US District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, the location of the ICE detention center where Vargas is being held.

    “She was targeted for speaking out against the ICE enforcement actions in the Jackson area and for going public with her story,” Michelle Lapointe, a senior staff attorney with the Southern Poverty Law Center, told the media. “We want to send a message to ICE that they cannot behave in this manner that targets people for exercising their 1st Amendment rights.”

    Vargas, 22, is one of several young immigrants seized by ICE who had been accepted under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the temporary protection against deportation offered under an Obama administration executive order which new president Donald Trump has not rescinded.

    At the news conference March 1, Vargas said, “Today my father and brother await deportation while I continue to fight this battle as a ‘Dreamer’ to help contribute to this country which I feel is very much my country.” Minutes later, she was stopped by ICE agents and arrested.

    The habeas corpus petition filed Monday night argues, “The arrest, detention, and imminent deportation that Ms. Vargas currently faces have injured her and continue to injure her, and would chill any person of ordinary firmness from continuing to speak out on issues related to immigration enforcement and policy.”

    There have been conflicting statements from federal officials over whether Vargas will have her case heard by an immigration judge, or simply deported to Argentina without a court hearing.

    In a similar case in Seattle, Washington, another young immigrant enrolled in the DACA program, Daniel Ramirez Medina, has charged that US immigration officials and local police falsified a statement that he made and signed after he was arrested along with his immigrant father on February 5.

    Ramirez, a 23-year-old who was brought to the US at age 7 by his parents, was the first DACA enrollee to be arrested and processed for deportation under the Trump administration. ICE officials claimed that Ramirez had admitted to gang affiliation and that this superseded his DACA status.

    Attorneys for Ramirez have submitted evidence that his statement allegedly admitting gang affiliation was doctored. A full sentence written by Ramirez reads: “I came in and the officers said I have gang affiliation with gangs so I wear a orange uniform.” A large eraser smudge mark deleted the first seven words, turning the allegation by a policeman into a confession by the prisoner that “I have gang affiliation with gangs so I wear a orange uniform.”

    A Justice Department official has now admitted that “it is clear that Petitioner is denying, rather than admitting, to gang affiliation,” but the government is nonetheless claiming that Ramirez has such ties and these vitiate his DACA status.

    Another outrageous immigration case involves a US Army veteran who served two tours in Afghanistan, suffering serious brain injuries during his second deployment, and who now faces deportation to Mexico because of a drug conviction in 2010. Miguel Perez was born in Mexico but grew up in Chicago, and was a legal permanent resident when he enlisted in the Army in 2001, believing this would give him automatic citizenship.

    He returned from Afghanistan with post-traumatic stress disorder, which his family says was not properly treated, and he turned to alcohol and drugs. He was eventually arrested for offering to sell cocaine to an undercover cop. His attorneys are now claiming asylum, saying he fears for his life if deported to Mexico, which he left as a child.

    According to an immigrant rights group, Perez is one of thousands of green-card veterans who now face deportation under the new, stricter enforcement order issued by President Trump on January 25.

    In Cincinnati, Ohio, Khoudiedia Nianghane, a West African native who has lived in the US for 20 years and has three US citizen children, was deported late Saturday night to Senegal, after spending more than 18 months in detention. One daughter is a college student, while her other son and daughter, aged 17 and 13 respectively, are in school on Cincinnati’s west side.

    Nianghane, who doesn’t speak English, missed a court date regarding her immigration status, giving ICE an opportunity to select her for deportation. Her attorney, Douglas Wiegle, told Cincinnati media that he could find no reason why ICE had prioritized her for deportation, since she has no criminal record of any kind, living quietly and raising her children.

    Press reports suggest that ICE has been instructed to target Africans as part of the Trump crackdown. According to ThinkProgress, 130 people were deported to Senegal on the night of Saturday, March 4 to Sunday, March 5. Nianghane was one of them. This compares to 21 deportations to Senegal in all of 2016, and 22 in all of 2015.

    In Houston, Texas, Armando Garcia Mendez, a 41-year-old taco vendor who has lived in the United States for 23 years, was arrested February 8 by four armed ICE agents on a deportation order that dates back to when he first came to this country in 1994, fleeing the civil war in his native Guatemala.

    Shortly before dawn four weeks ago, Garcia was preparing one of his trucks for the breakfast crowd. Four agents in ballistic vests emblazoned with “ICE Police” rushed out of an unmarked vehicle, handcuffed him, and took him away. He remains in detention. The Houston ICE office declared, in response to press inquiries about the case, that it was “focused on smart, effective immigration enforcement that targets criminal aliens who present the greatest risk to the security of our communities.”

    How this applies to a man who came to the US at age 18, seeking to escape being drafted in the military force of a brutal dictatorship, and who has a wife and children, and is well known in the community as a hardworking small businessman, was not explained.

    These cases, and thousands like them, are the human face of the crackdown ordered by the Trump administration. In many instances, the ground had already been prepared under the Obama administration: people identified, even detained, awaiting only the White House order to set the machinery of expulsion to work.

    Meanwhile, the new head of Trump’s deportation machine, Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly, a retired general, told CNN Monday that he was actively considering a program to separate immigrant children and their parents when they are arrested together in the border area.

    He confirmed a recent Reuters report, said that he is “considering exactly that” as a way to deter Central American refugees from making the long trek north across Mexico to the Rio Grande.

    Kelly was asked by CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer, “If you get some young kids who manage to sneak into the United States with their parents, are Department of Homeland Security personnel going to separate the children from their moms and dads?”

    Kelly’s response was so emphatic and blunt that it took even Blitzer, a diehard defender of the American capitalist state, by surprise. “We have tremendous experience in dealing with unaccompanied minors,” he said. “We turn them over to HHS, and they do a very, very good job...” He continued: “Yes, I am considering, in order to deter more movement along this terribly dangerous network, I am considering exactly that. They will be well cared for as we deal with their parents.”

    In the three months ending January 31, 2017, some 54,000 children and parents were seized by ICE and Border Patrol agents, double the number arrested in the same period a year earlier.

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    Default We spoke at Disney's shareholder meeting. Here's what happened.

    We spoke at Disney's shareholder meeting. Here's what happened.


    Chris,

    I’m writing with a simple message: Thank you for speaking out. Your voice matters.

    I was proud to join local leaders at Colorado People’s Alliance, a member organization of People’s Action, this week to attend Disney’s annual shareholders meeting. We delivered more than 511,000 petition signatures from People’s Action members and our allies calling on Disney CEO Bob Iger to quit Trump’s business council.

    I spoke to Bob Iger personally in front of hundreds of people. I told him that I am immigrant from Iran. I told him that I moved here as a child and that Disney movies shaped my sense of this country and its values. And I told him how the Muslim ban affects my community and how Trump’s agenda of hatred runs counter Disney’s stated values of “equality, inclusion and fairness.”

    I also spoke to members of Disney’s board, which includes corporate executives from Facebook, Twitter, Potbelly, and other big corporations.

    My exchange with Bob Iger was reported on by the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg, and other major news outlets. (You can see a few news clips below along with photos of the event.)

    More important still, People’s Action and our allies defined the story around The Walt Disney Company’s biggest event of the year. We sent a clear message: corporations can stand with our families or they can stand with an administration that is bound and determined to attack us at every turn. They can’t do both.

    Mr. Iger and his board heard our message loud and clear, yet he refused to step down from Trump’s Economic Council. For now. So we will continue to resist, we will continue to boycott, we will continue to confront anyone who is complicit in Trump’s agenda.

    Thank you for speaking truth to power.

    Mehrdad Azemun
    People’s Action

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    New York Times, “Disney Chief: My Role on a Trump Panel Is ‘Not an Endorsement,’” March 8, 2017:

    “The question is about endorsement,” said Mehrdad Azemun, from Chicago, echoing two others who had spoken. “By staying on the economic council it looks like you are tacitly endorsing Trump’s policies,” added Mr. Azemun, who identified himself as Iranian-American.

    Los Angeles Times, “Disney’s annual meeting in Denver takes a political turn,” March 8, 2017:

    During the meeting, Mehrdad Azemun of Chicago had taken to the microphone to tell Iger that as an immigrant from Iran who “grew up in the U.S. being raised on Disney,” he felt that the CEO’s participation on the council ran counter to the company’s values.

    “As an Iranian-American, I am angry about Trump’s Muslim ban … it directly affects my extended family,” said Azemun, a shareholder proxy who is a community organizer with People’s Action, a group that advocates for economic equality.

    Bloomberg, “Iger Defends His Position on Trump’s Advisory Council,” March 8, 2017:

    Walt Disney Co. Chief Executive Officer Robert Iger said he plans to stay on a presidential advisory panel after activists at the company’s annual shareholder meeting Wednesday asked him to step down from the position. A representative of the Colorado People’s Alliance told Iger, 66, that his presence on the panel made it seem like he was endorsing President Donald Trump’s agenda...The questions were the most politically charged at a Disney annual meeting in recent memory.



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    Default Results for the Care2 Petition "Free Innocent "Dreamer" Daniel Ramirez Medina!"

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    Default Add your name to #FreeDaniel

    Add your name to #FreeDaniel


    Chris--

    With grassroots support from our Here To Stay Network, we helped free Dany. Now we have a chance to help Daniel, a young immigrant father in Seattle, who's been unjustly detained for over a month.

    Tomorrow a judge will announce whether or not Daniel will be released. That's why we're making one final push to demand his release.

    Add your name to this petition to #FreeDaniel before we deliver it to the judge tomorrow morning.

    Daniel has DACA, a program that provides young undocumented immigrants a work permit and protects them from deportation. Daniel and other DACA recipients should not be at risk for deportation. But in Trump's America, no one is safe.

    Daniel is only one of hundreds of immigrants who have been invaded by ICE at their homes and workplaces and could be deported, regardless of their status.

    Sign the petition to #FreeDaniel.

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    Default Celebrating Our Wins // Celebrando Nuestras Victorias

    Celebrating Our Wins // Celebrando Nuestras Victorias






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    Dear Chris,

    We believe that amid the fear and chaos that grips our community under the Trump regime, it is more important than ever to celebrate our wins and share stories of the triumph of organizing, social justice lawyering, and people power over the forces of abuse, exploitation, and discrimination. In that spirit, today we will be gathering for our monthly Workers’ Assembly to celebrate two of our recent victories: Adelante member Javier Martinez has been released from ICE detention, and Javier and his coworkers Gabriel and Rafael Diaz recently reached a partial settlement of $18,000 in their wage theft case!!

    Here’s the back story: Javier, Gabriel and Rafael came to Adelante in early 2016 seeking support in recovering several thousand dollars in unpaid wages for roofing work. With Adelante’s support, they repeatedly contacted their former boss Antonio Mondragón, staged protests outside of his home, and finally took him to court when he still refused to pay. At first Mondragón claimed he didn’t even know the workers, and during one of the protests at his home, he even called the sheriff’s office on us, but when the deputies arrived, they respected our First Amendment rights to assembly and free speech and allowed us to continue. In June the workers filed a lawsuit in the federal court in Birmingham against Mondragón, his company AM Pro, and major building contractor Builders FirstSource, and held a rally and press conference on the courthouse steps. In October, Mondragón came to Adelante’s office to discuss the lawsuit with the workers, but ended up threatening to harm the workers or report them to ICE and the police. Exactly one week later, ICE agents came to Javier’s worksite and arrested him. We launched a public campaign calling on ICE to free Javier and stop his deportation, and we stepped in to represent him in his deportation case. Gabriel and Rafael shared a powerful video calling for thier coworker's release. We were able to get Javier’s deportation case reopened, and after the immigration judge granted him a high bond, Javier’s friends and Adelante members mobilized to help fundraise to pay the bond. A few weeks ago, Javier was finally released from detention! Additionally, back in January, we reached a partial settlement with the defendants in the wage theft lawsuit for $18,000, including $13,000 for the workers and $5,000 in attorney fees and costs that will go to support Adelante’s future legal work. Javier’s wage claims against Mondragon are still pending, and he has added a claim for illegal retaliation, which is prohibited by federal labor law.



    If you’re in the Birmingham area, please join us for the Assembly! Tuesday, March 14, 6-8PM at Adelante, 2104 Chapel Hill Rd, Birmingham, AL 35216 (view the event on Facebook).

    Thanks to all of you who signed the petition for Javier’s release and donated to his bond fund, and who have supported Adelante’s work to combat wage theft, workplace abuse and retaliation, and deportations.

    With love and solidarity,

    Jessica

    Director, Adelante Alabama Worker Center

    ———

    Querida/o Chris,

    Creemos que en medio del temor y caos que apodera a nuestra comunidad bajo el régimen de Trump, es más importante que nunca celebrar nuestras victorias y compartir historias del triunfo de la organización, la abogacía basada en justicia social y el poder del pueblo sobre las fuerzas del abuso, la explotación y la discriminación. Hoy en nuestra Asamblea mensual estaremos reuniéndonos para celebrar dos de nuestras victorias recientes: Javier Martínez, miembro de Adelante, ha salido de detención, y Javier y sus compañeros de trabajo Gabriel y Rafael Díaz llegaron a un acuerdo legal parcial de $ 18.000 en su caso de robo de salario!!

    Les contamos un poco mas de la historia: Javier, Gabriel y Rafael llegaron a Adelante a principios de 2016 buscando apoyo para recuperar miles de dólares en salarios robados por trabajos de roofing (techado) que hicieron. Con el apoyo de Adelante, se pusieron en contacto repetidamente con su ex-patrón Antonio Mondaron, organizaron protestas fuera de su casa y finalmente lo llevaron a la corte cuando aún se negaba a pagar. Al principio Mondragón reclamaba que ni siquiera conocía a los trabajadores, y durante una de las protestas en su casa, incluso nos echó a la policía, pero cuando los sheriffs llegaron, respetaron nuestros derechos de a la asamblea y la libertad de expresión bajo la Primera Enmienda y nos permitieron continuar. En junio los trabajadores presentaron una demanda en la corte federal de Birmingham contra Mondragón, su compañía AM Pro, y al constructor general Builders FirstSource, y hicimos un rally y rueda de prensa fuera de la corte. En octubre, Mondragón vino a la oficina de Adelante para hablar con los trabajadores sobre la demanda, pero terminó amenazándoles a los trabajadores con dañarlos o reportarlos a ICE o la policía. Exactamente una semana después, agentes de ICE llegaron al lugar de trabajo de Javier y lo arrestaron. Lanzamos una campaña pública pidiendo a ICE que liberara a Javier y detuviera su deportación, y decidimos representarlo en su caso de deportación. Gabriel y rafael compartieron un video poderoso demandando la liberación de su compañero de trabajo. Logramos reabrir su caso de deportación, y después de que el juez de inmigración le otorgó una fianza alta, los amigos de Javier y miembros de Adelante se movilizaron para ayudar a recaudar fondos para pagar la fianza. Hace unas semanas, Javier fue finalmente liberado de la detención! Además, en enero, llegamos a un acuerdo legal parcial de $18.000 con los empleadores ​​en la demanda de robo de salario, incluyendo $13.000 para los trabajadores y $ 5.000 en honorarios de abogados y costos que irán para apoyar el futuro trabajo legal de Adelante. El reclamo de robo de salario de Javier contra Mondragón aún está pendiente y añadimos un reclamo por represalias ilegales, que están prohibidas por la ley laboral federal.

    Si te encuentras en el área de Birmingham, por favor únete a nosotros para la Asamblea! Martes 14 de marzo, 6:00 a 8:00 PM en Adelante, 2104 Chapel Hill Rd, Birmingham, AL 35216 (ver el evento en Facebook),

    Gracias a todxs ustedes que firmaron la petición para liberar a Javier y donaron a su fondo de fianza, y que han apoyado el trabajo de Adelante para combatir el robo de salario, abusos y represalias laborales, y las deportaciones.

    Seguimos Adelante!

    Con amor y solidaridad,

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    Directora, Adelante Centro de Trabajadores


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    Default Federal judge halts new Trump travel ban

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    Federal judge halts new Trump travel ban

    By Patrick Martin

    16 March 2017

    A federal district court judge in Hawaii issued an order Wednesday evening freezing the new Trump travel ban on visitors from six Muslim-majority countries. The order was handed down by Judge Derrick K. Watson, halting the enforcement of the order only hours before it was to go into effect, at midnight Eastern Time.

    The Trump executive order would have suspended the US refugee program for 120 days, while halting for 90 days the issuance of new visas to visitors from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. All six countries are predominately Muslim, and four of the six are ravaged by US-instigated civil wars that have destroyed their infrastructure and sent millions into flight, either as internally displaced persons or as refugees. The other two, Iran and Sudan, have been the targets of US blockades and military provocations.

    Two other federal judges were also hearing suits against the executive order, in Maryland and Washington state, and further injunctions against Trump’s Muslim ban could be handed down before the night is out.

    It was the second time that a Trump executive order temporarily banning visitors from majority-Muslim countries and refugees from any country was struck down by the courts. The first executive order, issued January 27, was thrown out as unconstitutional and illegal by district courts in Washington state and Virginia. The Washington state ruling was then upheld by a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers much of the western United States.

    The hearing in Hawaii came after a lawsuit filed by the state’s attorney general, Douglas Chin, who argued the new travel ban, like the previous version, targeted Muslims in violation of the First Amendment to the US Constitution, which protects freedom of religion, and caused damage to state universities and to the state’s tourism industry, both of them dependent on the free flow of travelers.

    As in the lawsuits against the first Trump executive order, state attorneys general from 14 states filed briefs in support of Hawaii, while more than 50 technology companies, including Airbnb, Dropbox, Lyft and many other Silicon Valley firms joined in a brief opposing the travel ban.

    The Hawaii state brief cited the case of Ismail Elshikh, imam of the Muslim Association of Hawaii, whose mother-in-law has applied for an immigrant visa that is still being processed, and could fall afoul of the travel ban.

    Judge Watson ruled that both the state of Hawaii and Ismail Elshikh had “a strong likelihood of success on their claim” that the executive order intentionally targets Muslims and therefore violates the Constitution’s guarantee against establishment of religion.

    The judge cited candidate Trump’s statements during the election campaign, referred to in the state brief, as “significant and unrebutted evidence of religious animus driving the promulgation of the Executive Order and its related predecessor.”

    He also flatly rejected the Trump administration’s claim that because the executive order was limited to six Muslim-majority countries, out of dozens, no religious bias could be inferred. “The illogic of the Government’s contentions is palpable,” Watson wrote in his 43-page decision. “The notion that one can demonstrate animus toward any group of people only by targeting all of them at once is fundamentally flawed. The Court declines to relegate its Establishment Clause analysis to a purely mathematical exercise.”

    Justice Department lawyers made arguments along the same lines as those rejected by the courts last month, claiming the president had wide authority to ban visitors and refugees on the basis of his status as commander-in-chief. Given the modifications in the executive order, which applies only to future visa seekers, not those who already have visas, they also claimed that there could be no showing of “irreparable harm,” meaning that neither the states nor individuals had standing to challenge the order in court.

    Acting US Solicitor General Jeffrey Wall argued the government case in both the Maryland courtroom of US District Judge Theodore D. Chuang, and by telephone in the Hawaii courtroom.

    No citizen of any of the six countries has engaged in a terrorist attack on Americans, either overseas or in the United States. Despite the claims by the White House that the ban is based on national security considerations and targets terrorist dangers, the countries from which actual terrorists have emerged, such as Saudi Arabia (15 of the 19 airplane hijackers on 9/11), are not on the Trump list.

    Lawyers for the International Refugee Assistance Project, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the National Immigration Law Center and HIAS, a Jewish charity that facilitates refugee resettlement, argued against the Muslim ban in the Maryland courtroom. The Maryland case was the only one that directly challenged Trump’s order to slash total refugee intake this year from 110,000 to 50,000, arguing that this exceeded his legal authority.

    The Maryland case also heard arguments about whether the judge should take into account Trump’s campaign statements about banning Muslims. “It’s asking the court to turn a blind eye to all of the evidence that’s apparent to everybody,” argued Omar Jadwat for the ACLU. “It doesn’t make sense to blind the court.”

    The ACLU lawyer also rebutted government claims that the executive order was merely temporary, pointing out the provisions for extending the travel ban indefinitely based on the recommendations of the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security.

    In each courtroom, Justice Department lawyers claimed Trump’s second order was “substantially different” from the first, and therefore the challenge to it should be considered as a new case, without the previous court decisions setting a precedent. Those opposing the ban cited statements by top White House aide Stephen Miller, who said that the second order would reproduce the first with only minor, cosmetic differences. Some “very technical issues” would be fixed, he said, but “those basic policies are still going to be in effect.”

    In Seattle, Washington, Judge James Robart, who issued an earlier ruling striking down the first Trump executive order, turned down a motion by six state attorneys general asking him to declare that his initial ruling also covered the latest version of the executive order. However, he left open the possibility that he would issue a new ruling on the second executive order.

    None of these court injunctions affects in any way the vicious attacks on immigrants unleashed by other Trump executive orders, which instructed Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Border Patrol to greatly intensify their arrests, detentions and deportations of undocumented workers. The Philadelphia ICA field office, for example, announced Monday it had seized another 248 immigrants in a four-state sweep, mainly in Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

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