On Wednesday, January 25, president Trump signed executive orders on immigration and enabling construction of the border wall in Mexico.
Trump addressed the Department of Homeland Security and said, "A nation without borders is not a nation. Beginning today, the United States of America gets back control of its borders." In his speech, he stated that he would be meeting with Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto to talk about the wall. But on January 26, Peña Nieto confirmed that he has cancelled said meeting with Trump.
In addition to his directive on the US-Mexico border, the New York Times reports that Trump has drafted an order that would prevent Syrian refugees from entering the US and "bar all refugees from the rest of the world for at least 120 days." Awkwardly enough, this is something that vice president Mike Pence was in opposition to in 2015:
Hate Hurts campaign founder Imraan Siddiqi, along with Zaki Barzinji, have responded by starting the hashtag #NoBanNoWall.
Siddiqi told Mic, "There are two primary communities that are being attacked right now: Latino and Muslim. We have to stand in solidarity with one another, as the dehumanization that took place throughout the campaign is now coming to fruition in actual executive actions."
Here are 14 powerful stories and statements that have spread across Twitter because of the hashtag.
Politicians are speaking out.
Only six days into a Trump presidency and people are grief stricken.
Their fear is palpable.
And people feel that their communities will become targets.
Business Insider reports that while the final number is in flux, the wall will cost billions of dollars.
Source: Business Insider