Trump’s Muslim ban: ‘It’s shock and awe without bombs’
By: Massoud Hayoun
Since US President Donald Trump issued on Friday an executive order suspending the resettlement programme for Syrian refugees, and banning entry of travellers from seven Muslim-majority countries, reports of “immigration misconduct” have surged. Detainees’ phones are reportedly confiscated when they are taken into custody, preventing them from reaching relatives or legal representatives, and documenting their experience inside. US immigration authorities “have a long-standing practice of coercing people from Muslim and Latin countries … to sign away their rights,” said Ameena Mirza Qazi, a civil rights lawyer, activist and executive director of the National Lawyers Guild, Los Angeles chapter. Read more here.