In his first week in office, President Trump began implementing his campaign promise to target refugees and immigrants.
On Friday, Jan. 27, Trump signed an executive order that effectively prohibits the entry into the United States of Muslim citizens of seven countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
The order affects approximately 25,000 people holding student and work visas, and as many as 500,000 people who are permanent legal residents of the United States. And it comes days after an order threatening to withhold federal funds from the more than 300 U.S. cities that have declared themselves sanctuaries for our immigrant students and members and their families. Trump also took action on building a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.
Trump’s orders will harm many AFT members and millions of our students, patients, families, friends and neighbors. You may have students in your classroom who are affected but whose families have not yet made it public.
Learn more about AFT’s position on the immigration ban and what you can do to support your students and their families by visiting AFT’s Website HERE.
Follow the links below to access additional information to assist affected members and those we serve. If you suspect a student or family member is adversely affected by the immigration ban, please contact your building rep so we can connect families with local and regional services.