Puget Sound faith leaders pledge ‘no Muslim ban ever’ on travel ban anniversary
REDMOND, Wash. – Faith leaders from more than 90 different religious backgrounds pledged Sunday for “no Muslim ban ever.”
The act of solidarity was part of a three-day “Faith Over Fear” conference at the Muslim Association of Puget Sound in Redmond.
The conference comes a year after the protests at SeaTac Airport in response to President Trump’s initial travel ban.
“It is the one-year anniversary of what you might officially call the start of the resistance,” said U.S. Rep. Pramila Jayapal, a Seattle Democrat.
Rep. Jayapal was joined by state Senator Manka Dhingra and King County Executive Dow Constantine to kick off the three-day conference.
“Whether you’ve lived here for generations or whether you’ve just arrived, we want you to know that you belong here,” said Constantine.
Hundreds of leaders of Muslim, Jewish, Christian, and other religious backgrounds took their turn to recite and sign a poster with the following pledge inscribed on it:
“We pledge to and call upon our fellow citizens to treat our Muslim neighbors with fairness, dignity and respect, and to uphold, through word and deed, a commitment to the American ideals of pluralism and religious freedom and against any religious ban. We will advocate for legislation, media portrayals, and political speech that promotes these basic American values and commitments for American Muslims.”
The travel ban has gone through a series of repeals in federal courts and its current version is heading to the Supreme Court.
On Friday, the White House announced a new immigration plan.
The president’s proposal would create a path to citizenship for 1.8 million undocumented young people brought to America as children. That would more than double the number of people who currently have permits to be in the U.S. under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
In return, Trump wants $25 billion for a border wall and new security. The president also wants to curb family reunification and replace the diversity visa lottery with a focus on skilled workers.
Rep. Jayapal, who is boycotting and not attending President Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday, disagrees with this latest proposal.
“I think it’s a non-starter because it isn’t just about the Dreamers, and it’s not just about the wall, it’s about ending family-based immigration as we know it,” said Rep. Jayapal.
The State of the Union address is 6 p.m. Tuesday.