Written by on January 30, 2017

Caribbean-American legislators are standing up against Donald Trump.

First, New York City Council Member Jumaane Williams of Grenadian decent – was arrested while protesting Trump’s inauguration.

Then on Friday, Trump signed his executive order entitled “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States,” which denies entry to persons from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.

Following the executive order, Jamaican New York Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke and other lawmakers went to JFK Airport to meet with families of immigrants denied entry into the country by U.S. Customs and Border agents.

Clarke also hosted an emergency meeting with the Muslim community in her Brooklyn district, where she received a standing ovation and cheers of “Dump Trump” after telling “We will not let him destroy America!”

Dominican Republic-born Congressman Adriano Espalliat – who was also at JFK Airport, held rally in New York’s Battery Park, telling his crowd that “What we witnessed at JFK is a dishonor to our American values.”

And at rally in Washington D.C., California’s new Senator Kamala Harris with Jamaican roots, encouraged refugees and immigrants via her twitter account, saying “You are not alone. We are fighting for you. We will not abandon you. Don’t give up”.

Dubbed the #MuslimBan, Trump’s executive order can easily be applied to all green card holders, visa holders, nonvisa immigrants, dual citizens, and refugees. The order also penalizes communities, such as New York City, that offer sanctuary to undocumented immigrants.

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