SXSW 'Alarmed' By President Trump's Travel Ban
South By Southwest has come out strongly against President Trump's executive order banning all refugees and citizens from numerous Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.
The annual music/film/tech confab, which begins March 10 in Austin, said in a statement late Sunday that it stands against discrimination and is looking into how the travel ban could affect participants of this year's event in Austin. The latest list of live performers currently does not include any artists traveling from the seven countries covered by the ban (Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen).
"SXSW is alarmed by the Trump administration’s decision to ban citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S.," organizers said. "We stand against discriminatory laws and unequivocally support civil rights for all persons everywhere. Participation by speakers, artists, and filmmakers from around the world is crucial to the creative mix of ideas that makes our event meaningful."
The conference added, "We are working to understand how the ban will impact our participants and how we can use our voice to support those directly affected by this executive order."
Trump's executive order bans travel from seven Muslim-majority nations for 90 days and suspends all refugee admission for 120 days. The controversial order has sparked widespread protests, including at many airports where green card-holding travelers originating from the banned list were being held.
Legal scholars, members of Congress and tech companies ranging from Apple to Facebook have also spoken out against the executive order.
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