Michigan and its sister Rust Belt states were ground zero in the 2016 election. The so-called blue wall collapsed in the face of President Trump's grandiose pledge to bring back jobs — as well as his finger-pointing at immigrants for the region's economic woes.
In his first months in office, Trump delivered on his anti-immigrant campaign rhetoric with policy decisions. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids are shaking immigrant and ethnic communities throughout every corner of the Midwest. In Detroit, the administration's travel ban from six majority-Muslim countries has rocked large Arab American and Islamic communities. Local Iraqi Christians fear that they may be forcibly returned to Iraq to face persecution or death. Our Syrian American community is blocked from providing a safe harbor for refugees.