1 February 2017: Trump’s January 27 Executive Order, colloquially understood as the #MuslimBan, sparked immediate protest at airports and initiated a series of federal court challenges which are ongoing. As a scholar of Middle Eastern migration I am watching these developments with trepidation. I have resolved to respond to these developments with a series of publications in a public humanities vein (more on that as it develops).
More generally, as an educator working with students who have been impacted by this unconstitutional and impracticable executive order, I want to do what I can to highlight the various ways that immigration bans and restrictionist policies hurt my campus community at Fresno State. This week I had two interviews with local media: a television interview with ABC30 in Fresno, and a conversation with the Fresno Bee.
Links to those two stories appear below:
ABC 30 Fresno, “Fresno State struggling with immigration restrictions and what they could mean for campus,” 31 January 2017. https://goo.gl/aYKoH5
Fresno Bee, “Trump executive order on immigrants bars people with ties to the central San Joaquin valley,” 31 January 2017. https://goo.gl/lrUcy1