Release Immigrants Detained at SFO, No to Muslim Ban


UPDATE: All immigrants detained at SFO have been released! Thousands upon thousands of people protested at SFO and across the country. Many more sent emails and made calls. Together, our resistance brought victory today. Stay in touch for more actions needed at

Through an executive order issued Friday, January 27, Trump barred citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US for at least the next 90 days, including immigrants from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. Trump also stopped the admission of all refugees to the United States for four months. A senior White House official said that this is likely just a first step toward establishing a broader ban.

We are already hearing reports of the immediate implementation of Trump’s executive order at airports in the United States and for international flights that stop in the United States. It was reported that two Iraqi immigrants were detained at New York City’s Kennedy airport. Multiple people have been detained at San Francisco’s international airport. Some have been released, but many we do not know the status of.

We are asking people throughout the SF Bay Area to contact the SF Airport director, Board of Supervisors and local US Customs & Border Patrol and Homeland Security offices to demand non-compliance with the executive order. Please send your email now and also make calls (note some report not getting through - probably from volume of calls):

SFO Airport Director, Ivar Satero: (650) 821-8211
SFO US Customs and Border Patrol Office: (650) 837-2876
SF Board of Supervisors: (415) 554-5184

Please make these points in your phone call and/or emails:

  • We urge you to refuse compliance with the ban on refugees in a stand against racism, xenophobia and Islamophobia.
  • We urge you to refuse compliance with Trump's executive order banning immigrants from 7 Muslim-majority countries.
  • We, in the San Francisco Bay Area will fight to remain a sanctuary city and will not allow people to be racially profiled based on national origin. We have no tolerance for racism, xenophobia or Islamophobia.
  • We know that many people, are fleeing for their lives in large part because of US policy and military action in their countries of origin. Turning them away, could mean a death sentence.
Thank you for taking this action against racism and for justice.

In struggle,
The Arab Resource and Organizing Center
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San Francisco, CA