For Immediate Release
January 30, 2017
ECAASU CONDEMNS PRESIDENT TRUMP’S ISLAMOPHOBIC EXECUTIVE ORDER
NEW YORK – The East Coast Asian Student Union (ECAASU) condemns President Donald Trump’s executive order which bans the entrance of citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries to the United States of America. ECAASU believes that this order is Islamophobic, unconstitutional, and inhumane.
Today is the birthday of Fred Korematsu, a Japanese-American who challenged President Roosevelt’s Executive Order 9066. The order forced Korematsu and 120,000 other Japanese-Americans into internment camps after the Pearl Harbor attacks, solely for having Japanese ancestry. Seventy five years later, history is repeating itself. As Asian Americans, we recognize that this act of xenophobia by the United States government has existed long before President Trump.
ECAASU has not turned a blind eye to the fact that America was built upon federally-backed acts of discrimination and hate. We cannot forget the Chinese Exclusion Act, Japanese internment camps, or the post-9/11 surveillance and registry of Muslims. Nor can we forget the 2.5 million people who were deported during Obama’s presidency. These are indicative of a systemic issue within our country, a country that has always operated on racism and xenophobia. However, America is a country of the people. The marginalized have always challenged oppression from our government. ECAASU is dedicated to continuing the American tradition of organizing and resisting, for the benefit of our national community.
Among our constituency are refugees and immigrants who were forced to flee their home countries due to U.S. intervention throughout Pan Asia. We recognize that the recent executive orders are an attack on our community, specifically our South Asian constituents. Thus, ECAASU firmly stands with Syrian refugees and with the international Muslim community.