Protests are due to take place in Nottingham this week as backlash to President Donald Trump’s unprecedented immigration ban grows.
On Friday, President Trump signed an executive order halting the US refugee programme for 120 days, banned all Syrian refugees indefinitely and suspended all nationals from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
The ban has prompted outrage from leaders across the globe and here in Nottingham.
The Nottingham & Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum said in a statement: “Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum condemns utterly the executive decision released by US President Donald Trump suspending refugee resettlement and banning Muslim people from entering the country.
“These people have been stuck in dreadful situations.”
“These people have been stuck in dreadful situations, often for many years, buoyed up only by the hope of resettlement – what will they do now?”
Broxtowe MP Anna Soubry said on Twitter: “Trump’s policy is wrong & deeply offensive. It stems from prejudice & misplaced fear creating further division & intolerance.”
Labour’s Lilian Greenwood affirmed the cross party consensus over this immigration ban, saying: “Donald Trump’s executive order breaks the 1951 Refugee Convention which commits the USA, the UK and 143 other signatories to accept refugees without regard to their race, religion or country of origin.
“It is an affront to our British values and to our commitment to international human rights but above all it demonstrates a terrible failure to learn the lessons of history.”
“It is an affront to our British values.”
Protests are due to take place in Market Square tonight in opposition to the ban with 900 to a thousand people expected to turn out in solidarity with refugees.
A Facebook page has been set up for the protest, it reads:
“There are moments of terrible injustice throughout history where we look back and rightly ask – what did people do?
“There are moments of terrible injustice throughout history where we look back and rightly ask – what did people do?”
“Future generations will look back at the targeting of Muslims – as we look back at the targeting of Jews – with disgust, horror and shame. If we do not speak out, we are complicit.
“Let’s stand in solidarity with those targeted by Donald Trump’s hateful government, including the people of this country, outside Downing Street and all over Britain.”
The protest will take place in Market Square between 5.30pm to 6.30pm.