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#MuslimBan Resource Guide

Submitted by Staff on Wed, 02/01/2017 - 09:38

This website is a useful resource for those dealing with the Muslim Ban:

The #MuslimBan Resource Guide is offered on a website maintained by the Ajam Media Collective and is the result of collaboration of many people and organizations. Here is the overview from that website that explains the purpose of the resources available there: 


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.

The ban impacted individuals with varying immigration statuses, including: refugees, lawful permanent residents (also known as LPRs or green card holders), and non-U.S. dual nationals. Many individuals from, or born in, the Southwest Asian, South Asian, North African, and East African regions, outside of the seven banned countries, were also detained and eventually released.

In the days following the signing of the EO, hundreds of lawyers, translators, and other volunteers attempted to obtain clarity in an effort to protect individuals targeted by the ban. This guide aims to serve as an additional resource to targeted individuals, though it is by no means a replacement for legal or organizational support. Please utilize this guide in conjunction with proper legal representation as each individual case may be affected differently by the ban.

This guide is the result of a collaboration between various individuals and organizations in an effort to provide the most reliable and up-to-date information on President Trump’s executive order. All information will be made available in Arabic, Persian, Somali, Urdu, and Western Armenian, thanks to the generosity of volunteers.

The purpose of this guide is to:

  • Inform any individuals affected by the ‘Muslim Ban’ of their rights and any resources available to them
  • Provide necessary practical measures to people who are or may be affected by the ban
  • Direct people on where and how to take action against the ban, including sample call scripts for contacting their Members of Congress
  • Offer helpful links to additional guides and resources available through various legal, advocacy, and direct service organizations

Individuals seeking additional resources or information may contact: or This guide was compiled by a coalition of organizations, including Ajam Media Collective, Iranian Alliances Across Borders (IAAB), Iraqi Transnational Collective (ITC), Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM), Southwest Asian & North Afrikan – Los Angeles (SWANA-LA), SWANA Rising for Collective Liberation (SRCL), as well as over 100 volunteers.


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