#MuslimBan: Sudanese-Americans speak out

#MuslimBan: Sudanese-Americans speak out January 30, 2017

Photo Credit: Safia Elhillo
Photo Credit: Safia Elhillo

It was nearing the close of the workweek on Friday when President Trump signed an Executive Order banning refugees and citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the United States. Ostensibly designed as a way to prevent terrorism, the Executive Order wrought chaos in airports across the country and around the world this weekend, as people with visas and green cards were denied entry into the United States.

Many travelers affected by the so-called #MuslimBan are Legal Permanent Residents of the United States, who have long-standing ties to this country, including family, jobs, and school. Sudanese-Americans have been targeted by the #MuslimBan, underscoring the fact that they, along with Somali-Americans, are caught at the intersection of Islamophobia and anti-Black racism*.

Read what some Sudanese-Americans have to say about the #MuslimBan, and how their multiple identities – Black, Muslim, immigrant, refugee, and American – sustain them.

*If you want a deeper dive into the complexities of Sudanese identities, follow Hindtrospectives’s upcoming series #ZoulSoul, in honor of Black History Month, in February.

First, we hear an eloquent plea from a Legal Permanent Resident on why she needs to return home to America.

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