Afterword: Feb 6 2017

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As a legal permanent resident of the United States (albeit not from any of the 7 affected countries), I was rattled by President Trump’s Jan 27th travel-ban executive order.

Thanks to some quick-thinking West Coast attorneys, this travel ban also became a public masterclass on how to contest potentially unconstitutional actions by America’s executive branch of government. On Jan 30th, they filed a suit and, days later, successfully secured a temporary restraining order on the travel ban, on both constitutional and statutory grounds.

This executive order has been more consequential than any other issued thus far. It’s sent waves of confusion and consternation through the world, potentially setting back the long-term fight against ISIS for a short-term sense of national security.

Many citizens in the 7 affected countries were thrown into legal limbo, including Iraqi interpreters who worked on the front line with the US Army, Iranian graduate students, Syrian-born doctors who serve small town America, an severely-burned Yazidi toddler undergoing surgery in America and separated from his parents and newborn brother (named Trump) and thousands of well-vetted refugees en route to America.

In the U.S., the travel ban drew sharp opposition via legal filings by nearly 130 mostly-tech companies and former former diplomats and intelligence officials (including Secretary John Kerry and national security adviser Susan Rice)

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Maya Mathias

Maya Mathias is a global leadership veteran, with a life and career spanning 3 continents and 5 inspired self-reinventions. She is a peaceful leadership advocate and mentor, bringing her unique blend of East & West to her leadership development and innovation management practice. Maya’s life began with a lower-middle class upbringing in Asia, surrounded by poultry & vegetable farms and the ‘simple life’. She doesn’t forget her humble roots, and her body of work seeks to bring more equality, justice and personal purpose in troubling times. Learn more about Maya here.

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