What Trump Immigration Ban Means For Illinois


  1. President Trump's executive order on immigration on Friday banning Syrian refugees and immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries has reverberated around not just the U.S., but the world.
  2. Over the weekend, hundreds protested across the country and in airports throughout Illinois - from O’Hare in Chicago to Willard in Champaign. We talked with David Schaper, NPR National Correspondent based in the Midwest.
  3. While some have celebrated President Trump making good on his campaign promise, many across Illinois are alarmed.
  4. Many legal challenges are being made to President Trump’s order. The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights posted a Twitter message Monday that said that “discrimination on nationality” violates international human rights codes.
    The Chicago Tribune reported this morning that more than 40 percent of the more than 30,000 refugees who have settled in the Chicagoland area in the past 15 years are from the seven countries specifically mentioned in the president’s executive order.
    According to that story, almost 12,000 refugees have resettled in Chicago. Rockford, Wheaton, Aurora and Skokie have also resettled the highest amounts of refugees.
    Since 2007, 1,116 have come from Syria.
    We talked with Suzanne Akhras Sahloul, Executive Director of Syrian Community Network.
  5. The executive order that was signed on Friday suspends nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the U.S. for 90 days. It also indefinitely bans Syrian refugees from entering the United States and suspends all refugee admissions for 120 days.
    While there were tens of thousands of people demonstrating in the streets, there were other protests, too. As of Monday morning, more than 12,000 academics and researchers in the United States, including 40 Nobel Laureates, signed a petition against this executive order. About 125 of those signatories were from Illinois universities.
    "The people whose status in the United States would be reconsidered under this (executive order) are our students, friends, colleagues, and members of our communities," the petition said.
    The University of Illinois has one of the country’s largest international student populations when looking at major research universities.
    We talked with Salah Al-Ghaithi, a Yemeni PhD student in communications at the University of Illinois. We also spoke with Brighten Godfrey, associate professor of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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  7. Demian Kogan, Organizing Director at The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugees Rights, also joined us to talk about what they are doing to help people affected by President Trump's executive order on immigration.
  8. We also talked with Janet Fouts, organizer with the #StandwithAleppo campaign, about what moms around the U.S. are doing to help Syrian refugees.
  9. On Friday night, a synagogue in the Chicago suburbs welcomed what may have been the last Syrian refugee family into the United States. Faith communities have a longstanding tradition of welcoming and helping refugees being resettled into this country.
    Rabbi Evan Moffic is a senior rabbi with Congregation Solel on Chicago’s North Shore. His Reform congregation had been working with the nonprofit agency Refugee One to welcome a refugee family - he joined us from Highland Park to share more.