President Trump’s executive order that prohibiting entry into the United States by citizens of a targeted set of countries with predominantly Muslim residents affects approximately 25,000 people holding student and work visas, and as many as 500,000 people who are permanent legal residents of the United States. This order is already harming many AFT members and millions of our students, patients, families, friends and neighbors.
AFT and AFT-Oregon stand unequivocally against these actions. Whether or not you are among those directly affected, we encourage you to embrace the important ally role you have in distributing credible information and providing assistance in your communities.
AFT is providing resources about the entry ban, who it affects, what those affected should expect, how to connect to legal assistance in your area and how to organize to fight against these bigoted actions.
I encourage you to go over this information carefully and share it with your colleagues. You’ll be hearing from us more as this situation develops.
Now more than ever, we need to reaffirm that our schools, campuses, hospitals and public spaces remain safe zones, free from racism, hate and the threat of deportation.