Professor Colin Starger sent the following message today to law school faculty, students and staff apropos the president’s executive order banning immigration and travel from seven predominantly Muslim nations. Starger is the faculty adviser to UB’s student chapter of the National Lawyers Guild.
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
We write today, with deep sadness and heavy hearts, as a result of Donald Trump’s xenophobic and cowardly ban on immigration and travel from seven Muslim-majority nations -– Iraq, Iran, Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya and Yemen -– and a ban on refugees from all over the world. Over the past several days, we have watched with horror as permanent residents, citizens and green card holders, and visitors alike were unlawfully detained based upon their national origin or religion. These actions are profoundly disturbing, and we share your outrage and grief at the harm they have caused.
But ours is not a message of resignation. Our message is one of inclusivity, determination and struggle.
We want all members of the University of Baltimore community affected by this immigration ban to know that the National Lawyers Guild will support and fight for you. It is our hope that the University of Baltimore and the larger Baltimore City community will join us in offering you our full support during this trying time. We want you to know that whatever your nationality, faith or identity, you are welcome in this country and should be provided the equal protection of this country’s laws. To those who may not be directly affected, your participation is meaningful and you have our support as well.
The National Lawyers Guild was founded in 1937 as the first racially integrated bar association. Since that time, our organization has consistently worked in solidarity with people’s movements to protect human rights in the United States and across the globe. In keeping with this legacy, we will continue to use our legal education as a tool to assist those suffering from these abuses and any future abuses that this presidency might bring. We will battle this unlawful immigration ban, and all abuses of human rights, both in the streets and in the courtroom, as we have always done. We look forward to standing with you.
In love and solidarity,
National Lawyers Guild Student Chapter