Silence from Democratic Presidential Candidates on Muslim Ban Anniversary
This week marked the two year anniversary of Trump’s Muslim ban. The ban has had lasting consequences for Muslims not just from Iraq, Syria, Iran and the other predominantly Muslim countries on the list but has continually expanded despite challenges in the courts.
Since the ban went into effect, crimes and discrimination against Muslim communities have continued to rise in the United States. Just in the last week, two reported hate crimes have made national headlines. In Minnesota, two men admitted to a bombing at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in 2017. Three men and a teenager, who is being classified as an “adolescent offender”, have been charged for plotting an attack on a Muslim community in Delaware County, New York.
As the government shutdown came to and end and more Democrats entered the race for the 2020 presidential nomination, only presidential candidate and Washington Governor Jay Inslee made a statement about the Muslim ban anniversary. Just a handful of Democratic representatives acknowledged the anniversary of the destructive policy including Rep. Jayapal (D-WA), Rep. Chu (D-CA), and Rep. Omar (D-MN).
The lack of acknowledgment of the Muslim ban anniversary by Democratic leaders pose a threat to those who continue to be directly and indirectly impacted by the draconian policy. While there are bills in place to defund the Muslim ban, activists are calling on Democratic leaders to publicly voice their opposition.