Do-Over Executive Order is an Affront to Human Rights

March 6, 2017
Sophie Vodvarka
Communications Coordinator
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Do-Over Executive Order is an Affront to Human Rights

Second attempt to ban refugees and Muslims met with coalition of resistance

(CHICAGO, IL — March 6, 2017) Today, President Trump signed an anticipated executive order revising the original order which banned the entry of vulnerable refugees who are fleeing war and dangerous conditions as well as travelers from six predominantly Muslim countries. The original ban, issued January 27, was blocked by two federal courts, one of which found it “contrary to the fundamental structure of our constitutional democracy,” as well as uniformly denounced throughout the United States.

The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) is comprised of over 100 member organizations throughout Illinois that have consistently stood together to reject the onslaught of attacks from the Trump Administration. ICIRR helped lead rapid mass mobilizations at O’Hare International Airport during the first weekend after the executive order was issued, and supported sustained mobilizations in subsequent weeks. Immigrants, refugees, labor representatives, and allies vow to continue to stand together and reject any order that attempts to divide us.

“Our strength is grounded in the way we work together, lift each other up, and defend our refugee brothers and sisters who are being targeted by their country of origin without any basis by the current administration,” said Lawrence Benito, chief executive officer of Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. “We continue to rally under the Platform for Resistance, Unity and Respect and we are poised to continue fighting for basic human rights and dignity.”

"Bans on refugees from predominantly Muslim countries are contradictory to our values as Americans. We collectively stand against these unjust policies and will continue to fight against them, together, every step of the way," said Aymen Abdel Halim, Communications Director at the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago.

The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights is a statewide coalition of more than 130 organizations dedicated to promoting the rights of immigrants and refugees to full and equal participation in the civic, cultural, social, and political life of our diverse society. For more information, visit