On Wednesday night, large crowds gathered at vigils in Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga on the day the Trump administration's third attempt at a Muslim Ban was set to go into effect. Former refugees, those affected by the ban, and faith leaders joined together to say #NoMuslimBanEver and #RefugeesWelcome, while celebrating the court rulings that blocked Muslim Ban 3.0 from going into effect.
During his first week in office, President Trump signed an executive order putting a moratorium on all refugee resettlement and banning travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries. Despite defeats in the courts and resistance in the streets, the president hasn’t given up on his extreme campaign promises. Last month, Trump announced he he issued a third version of the Muslim Ban and lowered the number of refugees to be resettled next year to 45,000 - the lowest number in the program’s history.