Americans Rally On Social Media To Push Back On President Trump's Executive Orders

#NoBanNoWall is uniting minorities who fear for each other under a new administration.

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump signed executive orders to begin construction of a border wall with Mexico. Shortly after, social media resistance began. In response, the hashtag #NoBanNoWall trended on Twitter. Muslims, Latinos and other Twitter users united underneath the hashtag to protest the idea that the United States would build a wall. 

According to drafts obtained by news outlets, another executive order is in the works that will suspend immigration from seven predominantly Muslim nations overseas, including ones with significant numbers of refugees.

Imraan Siddiqi, the executive director of Arizona's Council on American-Islamic Relations, started the hashtag.

"I don't think it is proper to have a travel ban from any of these countries," Siddiqi told A Plus. "This is the biggest refugee crisis since World War II, you have Syrians who are freezing to death in camps all across the world and you're basically telling them America is going to turn its back on these people?"


Despite representing a coalition that is focused on Muslim Americans, Siddiqi said that at the front of his mind are the Latino communities in America at risk of deportation and discrimination.

"I think the main thing is that minority groups are standing together and making sure we have one another's backs during this time," Siddiqi said. 

Siddiqi's opposition to President Trump's executive orders is two-fold. On one hand, he doesn't think the executive orders actually address prominent threats to U.S. citizens. 

"You're more likely to be killed by a white supremacist terrorist in the U.S. than you are by a foreign terrorist or a radical Islamic terrorist," he said. "You're creating policy around something that is not affecting people."

On the other hand, he fears the executive orders will continue to promote fear and anxiety regarding immigrants.

Hours after #NoBanNoWall began trending, Mexico's President Enrique Peña Nieto announced he was canceling his meeting with Trump that was scheduled for Tuesday. Trump has repeatedly vowed that Mexico will pay for the wall once Americans foot the bill, despite Nieto and past presidents promising that Mexico will never reimburse the United States.

Politico reported on Thursday that Trump's executive orders were largely drafted without oversight by chief strategist Steve Bannon and Trump's senior White House advisor for policy Stephen Miller, both of whom lack experience working in the executive branch.

People like James Williams, the county counsel of Santa Clara, one of California's largest counties, could cause some headaches for the administration. His team, like dozens of others across the country, is going to be reviewing these executive orders as they come down. Part of their goal is making sure they provide due process for people in question and don't force local agencies to allocate resources to the federal government, both of which are prohibited by the Constitution.

"All of us are public servants, and from the president of the United States all the way to every line staff member in every agency in the federal and state government, we all take oaths," Williams said. "The oaths are to uphold the Constitution, they are not oaths of allegiance to any individual or political party. So we have to be focused on that mission."

For instance, Trump's crackdown on undocumented immigrants and his quest for a mass deportation is likely to hit a few snags. Williams referenced the anti-commandeering doctrine, a Supreme Court ruling that prevents the federal government from compelling state or local resources to act as federal agents. A clause like this could come into play if Trump tries to use local law enforcement to enforce federal immigration laws.

Though Santa Clara doesn't consider itself a sanctuary city, Williams said that they are committed to protecting immigrants and minorities whose constitutional rights may be violated during an immigration crackdown.

"This county is a very rich testament to the strength of immigration and having a diverse community," Williams said. "Our county is diverse, the home of Silicon Valley, a large immigrant population that has brought tremendous wealth and innovation and benefits to the entire nation, so we're very proud of that heritage."

Judging by the outcry on social media, it appears Williams has many allies.

Cover photo: Shutterstock / Eugenio Marongiu


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