My name is Nyamuoch Girwath. I was born in Ethiopia, but I’m South Sudanese. My parents fled the war in Sudan after my oldest sister was born, in 1984. They walked from Sudan to Ethiopia and resettled there in a refugee camp.
Nyamuoch Girwath, former Sudanese Refugee and Model, on Life in New York and Pushing Back Against the Ban
Below is a collection of information and resources for parents, educators, and students following the recent presidential election.
Today, on Valentine’s Day, hundreds of New Yorkers attended a rally planned by the New York Immigration Coalition to stand up for immigrant communities who are under attack by President Trump’s cruel and unjust executive orders, which have caused fear and anxiety about deportations, raids, and new immigration bans.
Following several days of growing national concern about increase ICE enforcement activity, the New York Immigration Coalition received information that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has officially arrested nearly 40 individuals in the greater New York area, as part of a targeted enforcement operation.
On Wednesday night, Senator Jeff Sessions was confirmed as the U.S Attorney General, adding him to President Trump’s cabinet and making him the top law enforcement officer and lawyer of the government. The 52-46 vote was mostly along party lines, with one Democrat joining Republicans in the affirmative vote to confirm the Senator.
In a unanimous decision on Thursday evening, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled to keep in place the temporary restraining order on President Trump’s executive order mandating an immigration travel ban on individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries.
Coalition, #NoBanJFK Legal Project Applauds Judicial Ruling Suspending President Trump’s Refugee and Muslim Ban, Pledges to Continue Legal Efforts to Support Immigrants and Refugees
Late last Friday, Washington federal judge James Robart issued a ruling suspending President Trump’s Executive Order that had halted the country’s refugee program and banned nearly all travel from seven Muslim-majority nations. On early Sunday morning, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Judge Robart’s ruling, and the nationwide lift of the ban remains in place, providing immediate relief to all those affected, even while the Trump Administration appeals the decision.
To view a livestream recording of the Interfaith Action, click HERE.
For photos from the event, click HERE.
Today at JFK International Airport, the New York Immigration Coalition and Majlis Al Shura: The Islamic Leadership Council of Greater NY held a special interfaith rally and Jummah prayer to stand with New York's Muslim and immigrant communities facing anti-immigrant and Islamophobic attacks by the Federal government.