Jan 30, 2017 Fred Korematsu inspires us all to stand up against Trump’s anti-Muslim actions
Donald Trump chose three days before Fred Korematsu’s birthday to engage further in xenophobia by banning non-United States citizens from seven designated predominately Muslim countries from entering the United States.
Thanks to the American Civil Liberties Union and lawyers nationwide for challenging this ban. Thanks to the several federal trial judges who have temporarily stayed the ban pending further litigation. Thanks to now-fired and then-acting Attorney General Sally Yates, who ordered the Justice Department not to enforce the ban. No thanks to those in the Trump administration who are ignoring the ban (and is the Homeland Security Department now following at least part of the judicial stay?). No thanks to the Customs and Border Patrol agents denying attorney access to those being ensnared by the ban.
After this ban was announced, United States immigration officials reportedly are stepping up interrogation of those beyond the people covered by the ban. Everyone arriving in and located in the United States has the Fifth Amendment right to remain silent. Even innocent interrogates risk stammering out incorrect answers. Silence is golden.