Punk rock thrives on chaos. But the last few days of the Trump administration's actions have been too anarchic even for Miriam Hakim, lead singer of Houston, Texas, punk band Giant Kitty. The 25-year-old frontwoman for the clamorous second-wave riot grrrl group says she's legitimately concerned now about talk of a "Muslim registry," even as she's fretting over the fate of some family members who recently arrived in the United States from Syria. "This is definitely very scary and it makes me worry about their visas and safety," she tells Billboard.
Hakim is anxious because of the confusion sown by President Trump's controversial executive order on immigration, which blocks any refugees from entering the country for 120 days (including those from war-torn Syria, who are indefinitely barred) and imposes a 90-day ban on immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
Hakim's band helped organize the "We Belong" concert at Houston's Walters rock club on Trump's inauguration day, which featured a number of other local bands (Turnaways, Ruiners, Revels) that have Muslim members. The show raised $2,000 for the ACLU's efforts to fight some of Trump's actions and was important for Hakim, who was raised Muslim, because half of her family is from Syria and like her fellow musicians, she wanted to put on a "big. angry concert" to express her feelings about the new administration.