© 2024 KALW 91.7 FM Bay Area
KALW Public Media / 91.7 FM Bay Area
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Even among experts, confusion reigns following Trump's immigration order

Hana Baba
Ahmed Abdelsalam, Mohamed Abdelfattah, Loay Merghani and others at Sudanese Community School


President Trump signed an Executive Order on Friday to temporarily ban all refugees, indefinitely ban refugees from Syria and temporarily ban citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries. 

The countries affected by President Trump’s “extreme vetting” Executive Order were all identified as “countries of concern” by the Obama Administration. They are Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Here’s how Bay Area communities with ties to these countries are reacting to the Executive Order.

Jehan Hakim: This is what happened to the Japanese after World War II, and we said 'never again.'—yet we’re still here.

Those were the voices of Jehan Hakim, Gamila Abdelrahman, Ahmed Abdelsalam, Mohamed Abdelfattah, Loay Merghani, and a man who preferred not to be named for immigration safety reasons.

Magdi Osman, President of the Sudanese Association of Northern California said the order would affect his community of 500 families to varying degrees. The association is holding a community meeting on Saturday 2/4.


The Arab Cultural and Community Center of San Francisco is holding an emergency town hall meeting about the effect of Trump’s executive orders on Wednesday, 2/1.


Crosscurrents Immigration