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Muslim Ban Protesters Still Hitting the Streets Today, Despite Judges' Ruling - By Nuala Sawyer - March 16, 2017 - SF Weekly
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Muslim Ban Protesters Still Hitting the Streets Today, Despite Judges’ Ruling

Khatijah Hussein, 10, of Yemen cheers while sitting on her father's shoulders during a protest held at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, Calif. Sunday, January 29, 2017. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

A protest planned for Thursday to express opposition for President Donald Trump’s new Muslim Ban is still on, despite two federal judges putting a hold on the order. 

Trump’s latest ban was a slightly reduced version of his first one — “only” affecting travelers from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen from entering the U.S. for 90 days, and all refugees for 120 days. 

The latest ban was set to go into effect on March 16, but U.S. District Court Judge Derrick Watson from Honolulu issued a temporary restraining order on Wednesday. “The illogic of the Government’s contentions is palpable,” Watson wrote in a 43-page ruling. “The notion that one can demonstrate animus toward any group of people only by targeting all of them at once is fundamentally flawed.”

On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang from Maryland also blocked the 90-day ban on immigration for citizens of the six Muslim-majority countries. 

For many, this seems like a win: It was blocked before, and now it has been again. So why march?

Because despite the media’s cheerful coverage of the ban’s hold, the battle isn’t over yet: the case is now just under judicial review. The Hill has an excellent op-ed analysis of how this travel ban could be upheld.

“These battles cannot be won in the courts alone,” AROC: Arab Resource & Organizing Center tells SF Weekly. “As we saw with the first Muslim Ban, massive protests and community pressure made the wins in the court possible. Given that this Order, and all previous Orders are racist and xenophobic, organizers are calling on all communities to come out under the banner of ‘Freedom to Move, Freedom to Stay, Freedom to Return,’ and to stand against Trump’s ongoing racist attacks and targeting of Arabs, Muslims, and all communities of color.”

The New Muslim Ban Protest will take place from on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. outside the Federal Building, located at 90 Seventh St. More information and updates can be found on the Facebook event page.