It has been almost a year since President Trump issued his first executive order to restrict the entry of Muslims into the United States. Although all versions of the ban have been ruled to be discriminatory by multiple courts, Muslim Ban 3.0 is currently in effect and is causing heartbreak for American families and their relatives abroad.
The Trump administration has also cracked down on refugee admissions by instituting more burdensome screening requirements, lowering the United States’ annual refugee cap to 45,000, and proposing more limits on family reunification.
Meanwhile, Congress and the White House continue to stall on a solution for the 800,000 Dreamers who have lived in the United States since they were children after President Trump chose to discontinue DACA protections. Over 120 DACA recipients lose their status every day, and this number is expected to skyrocket after March 5th.
It’s up to you to help Congress uphold American values of pluralism and equal rights for all - and there are many ways you can take action!
What You Can Do Now
Meet with your members of Congress:
Members of Congress will be back in their home states from January 22nd to January 28th. Schedule a local Congressional office visit or attend a town hall meeting to directly let them know where you stand. For more information, check out our resources on advocacy.
Click here to find your Senators and Representatives and call their offices today.
Sample Calling Scripts:
Hi, my name is _______ and I'm a constituent of Senator/Representative ___________. I strongly oppose President Trump’s continued Muslim bans and restrictions on refugee resettlement. I urge you to do everything in your power to see that the administration will resettle at least the 45,000 refugees they have set as the cap for 2018. Will Senator/Representative ___________ stand up for American values and oppose policies that discriminate against people based on their religious and ethnic background?
Hi, my name is _______ and I'm a constituent of Senator/Representative ___________. I’m calling because I believe that the hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients should stop being used as political bargaining chips by President Trump and members of Congress. Will Senator/Representative ___________ support a bipartisan legislative solution that protects Dreamers?
Speak out on social media:
You can also amplify your message online to your social networks. Here are some sample tweets:
Send a postcard to Congress:
Submit this form to have a postcard message opposing the travel and refugee bans delivered to your members of Congress.
Attend a grassroots event:
Poligon is co-sponsoring the January 27th mobilization in Washington, DC commemorating a year of resistance to the Muslim and refugee bans.
The evening before, Poligon will provide poster-making supplies and opportunities to become more involved this year at #CantBanThis, our first anniversary celebration. Get your tickets here.
Can’t make it to DC? Communities across the country are organizing events centered around the Muslim ban anniversary. Find one near you here.
Let us know how your advocacy went and feel free to ask us any questions by e-mailing us at email@example.com.
Afif, Nadia, Ayesha, Wardah, and Farah
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