Avaaz Supports California's Resistance To Travel Ban And Unconstitutional Deportations

by Haley Rothwell / Jun 27, 2017 / 0 comments
In recent news, part of the travel ban proposed by President Donald Trump was upheld by the Supreme Court. It ruled that any foreign national who is a citizen of the countries on the travel ban list cannot enter the United States unless they have a formal relationship with a US entity. For example, students who are accepted to American universities and employees who are offered jobs at US companies may be allowed into the country. This was the Supreme Court's first time making such a decision. Countries listed on the ban include Yemen, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya and Iran.

Issues With The Travel Ban

Implementation of the ban would not only create chaos and longer lines at airports but also more litigation. If people are wrongly denied entry, this could lead to costly lawsuits. In a memo signed earlier this month by President Trump, the ban was set to go into effect within a matter of hours. This left little time for preparation. Human rights groups also pointed out that a big problem with the ban is the denial of refugees who are trying to flee from terrorists in their own countries.

Unfortunately, the new ban means that anyone in such a predicament who comes to the US and claims concrete hardship will likely be turned away if he or she lacks a formal relationship with someone or an entity in the United States. Many refugees are in more danger when they return home than before they leave their country of residence. Human rights activists are skeptical about the current administration's claims to lift the ban or change policies in favor of refugees.

How California Is Fighting Back

California is a leading state for defending human rights. Recently, the California Attorney General barred state employees from traveling to several other US states with laws that discriminate against the LGBTQ community. Also, San Francisco took a big step in fighting for human rights recently when the city filed a lawsuit against President Trump for his orders to deport non-citizen residents and to cut funding to cities and states that do not comply. The lawsuit stated that the deportations were both unconstitutional and un-American.

Some California law enforcement groups and lawmakers agree that the deportations will result in higher crime rates, which is why they passed a bill to remove responsibility of immigration law enforcement from state and local officers. This is because handling deportations takes them away from fighting serious violent and non-violent crimes. Also, all people who are arrested must submit fingerprints, and those prints automatically go to the Department of Homeland Security. If DHS identifies a non-citizen who commits a crime, the agency can deport the individual. While California law enforcement officers will not help with deportations, they cannot block federal agents from doing their work.

Avaaz Supports California's Resistance

With the travel ban going into effect, California lawmakers are thinking of ways to fight back. Avaaz supports California in its resistance to the travel ban and the deportations that tear families apart.