Monday 30-01-2017 - 14:58
NUS responds to US President Donald Trump’s ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US.
Over the weekend, Donald Trump signed an executive order on immigration banning people from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen from entering the US, in a supposed attempt to ‘protect the nation from foreign terrorist entry’.
NUS has joined members of the public and many high profile organisations in condemning the US administration, as well as Theresa May’s weak response to the issue.
“The events of the last few days in the US have been truly horrific. These developments mark a sharp acceleration and deepening of existing racist immigration and so-called counter terrorism policies. They also give us a taste of things to come in the months and years ahead.” - Malia Bouattia, NUS President
The ban also affects Britons with dual nationality, including high profile figures such as Olympian Sir Mo Farah and also Iraq-born Conservative MP Nadhim Zahawi. It will also have an inevitable impact on many international students.
Malia added: “As NUS President, I want to send my solidarity to the thousands of migrants - settled and otherwise, of international students and double citizenship holders who are now suddenly confronted with the absolute insecurity of what will happen next.
“Theresa May’s own politics align perfectly with those of her US counter-part: She too is building a wall, alongside the French government in Calais. She too is deporting tens of thousands of innocents, like the tens of thousands of international students who had their student visa’s wrongfully stripped when May sat in the Home Office. She too is profiling and monitoring Muslims through the Prevent agenda.”
Read Malia's blog for the Huffington Post in full here.
How you and your students’ union can take action:
- Encourage your student council to formally oppose Donald Trump’s ban. We’ve put together a draft motion on the Muslim Ban for you to use.
- Download our ‘#TrumpTheBan’ poster and stick them up all across your college or university to raise awareness around the issue;
- If you have concerns about how this legislation could affect international students at your institution, we recommend contacting your local international office.
NUS is actively campaigning to defend and extend the rights of international students and migrants as well as opposing the UK government’s islamophobic Prevent duty.
For more information on how to get involved with our work in these areas, please visit www.nus.org.uk/liber8