This week the London Assembly praised the Mayor for his “immediate and unequivocal condemnation” of President Trump’s travel ban. The ban, which restricts travel to the United States from several predominantly Muslim countries, was described as “cruel and discriminatory” by local Labour Assembly Member Leonie Cooper. Ms Cooper has said she had a clear message to the 4300 people living in Wandsworth who were born in one of the banned countries: “you are welcome here.”
The controversial ban applies to seven countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. President Trump’s Executive Order, which has been temporarily halted subject to further legal proceedings, stops any individual who was born in – and is travelling from - one of these countries from entering the United States.
There are 4290 number of people born in one of the seven countries living in Merton, with 2415 from Somalia and 902 from Iran. People born in one of the banned countries and living in Wandsworth won’t be directly affected unless they travel from their country of birth directly to the USA on a banned passport. However, many have friends and relatives who are affected and those who travel often, such as businessmen and women, are facing difficulties.
This month a London Assembly motion, supported by Leonie Cooper AM, welcomed the Mayor of London’s “immediate and unequivocal condemnation” of the travel ban. It called on Mayor Khan to make representations to the UK Government to ensure that any future trade agreement with the US will be a fair deal for London and the UK. It was passed by a vote of 13 to 1, with the Conservative Assembly Members abstaining.
Local Labour London Assembly Member, Leonie Cooper AM, said:
“The travel ban is cruel and discriminatory. It panders to people's fear and prejudice, and can make people born in those countries feel targeted and discriminated against. I want to send a clear message to those living in Wandsworth who were born in one of the so-called ‘banned’ countries: you are welcome here.
“The Government's response to it has been feeble, perhaps for fear of offending Donald Trump. We need them to unequivocally condemn the travel ban, and take real action to ensure our capital is not going to be adversely affected."
and as supporters of a diverse and culturally rich city we are pleased to see that as of an hour ago according to a report by The independent ‘...Donald Trump’s lawyer of choice to represent his Supreme Court appeal withdraws availability...’ lets hope this line of questioning whether something is correct over supporting someones rank continues.