Straits of Hormuz. December 6, 1987. The Singapore-registered tanker “Norman Atlantic” sits ablaze after being attacked by an Iranian gunboat. The 86,129 ton tanker was carrying a cargo of naphtha liquid gas from Kuwait. All 22 crewmen left the ship and no injuries were reported.
The ACLU took Trump’s administration to court Saturday night and, after an hour of arguments, the judge granted a stay that IMMEDIATELY AND EFFECTIVELY BLOCKS TRUMP’S EXECUTIVE ORDER AND PROHIBITS CUSTOMS AND IMMIGRATION OFFICIALS FROM BARRING OR DETAINING IMMIGRANTS AND REFUGEES AT AMERICAN AIRPORTS.
THIS STAY IS TEMPORARY AND ONLY APPLIES TO THOSE CURRENTLY DETAINED OR ON THEIR WAY TO AMERICAN AIRPORTS. IT DOES NOT BLOCK THE EXECUTIVE ORDER IN FUTURE CASES. It will be further deliberated.
Protect and defend yourselves. Be prepared.
IF YOU ARE A PERMANENT RESIDENT FROM IRAN, IRAQ, LIBYA, SOMALIA, SUDAN, SYRIA, OR YEMEN :
NEVER SURRENDER YOUR GREENCARD OR LEGAL RESIDENCY PAPERS.
NEVER SIGN FORM 1-407. It is literally a form used to abandon your permanent legal resident status in the United States.
DO NOT LEAVE THE UNITED STATES. As you saw, these executive orders, bars, and detentions can happen in second with a stroke of a pen.
GET AN IMMIGRATION LAWYER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
IF YOU ARE A REFUGEE FROM IRAN, IRAQ, LIBYA, SOMALIA, SUDAN, SYRIA, OR YEMEN:
Regardless if you just arrived or if you have been here a while, REMEMBER
DO NOT LEAVE THE UNITED STATES. NEVER SURRENDER ANY LEGAL OR PAPERWORK THAT PROVE YOUR LEGAL REFUGEE STATUS (I’m unfamiliar with any exact form names, so use discretion and do research). GET AN IMMIGRATION LAWYER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. As you saw, these executive orders, bars, and detentions can happen in second with a stroke of a pen.
IF YOU ARE AN IMMIGRANT AND NATURALIZED CITIZEN FROM IRAN, IRAQ, LIBYA, SOMALIA, SUDAN, SYRIA, OR YEMEN:
You are not in any imminent threat as refugees or legal residents are BUT
RENEW YOUR PASSPORT.
REPLACE YOUR CERTIFICATE OF NATURALIZATION IF YOU HAVE MISPLACED IT.
ORDER A COPY OF YOUR CERTIFICATE OF CITIZENSHIP IF YOU WERE NATURALIZED THROUGH YOUR PARENTS.
All these forms take time and money, so please do them ASAP. Certificates of naturalization and citizenship may take up to a year to be received SO RENEW YOUR PASSPORT AS IT’S THE FASTEST WAY TO PROVE CITIZENSHIP (about a 3 week wait to be received).
Good luck to everyone. He will not divide us. We will resist.
*PLEASE NOTE: I am not a lawyer or immigration professional. I am only a university student majoring in political science. My word is not the law. Please seek LEGAL AND PROFESSIONAL help.
IRAQ. Basra governorate. January 16, 1987. Iranian soldiers wear gas masks near a canal in the Shalamcheh area, southeast of Basra, during the Iran-Iraq War (1980-1988). Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was accused of using mustard gas and the nerve agent taubun in his country’s war with neighbouring Iran as well as his 1987-88 crackdown on Iraq’s Kurdish minority.
Persian Gulf. May 17, 1987. A view of the guided missile frigate USS Stark listing to port after being hit by two Iraqi Exocet missiles within 30 seconds. 37 sailors were killed. Though exact details remain unclear, the Iraqi government at the time stated that the attack was in error, that the Iraqi pilot had thought the Stark was an Iranian tanker, and officially apologised to the United States. The incident took place two miles outside an exclusion zone enforced during the Iran-Iraq war.