Anniversary of Trump’s First Travel Ban
Jan 27-Feb 3, 2018
Week of Action
from We Are All America weareallusa.org
Why Take Action the Week of January 27 – February 3, 2018?
On January 27, 2017, the Trump Administration released Executive Orders banning individuals from seven (then six) Muslim-majority countries—and all refugees—from entering the country. Thousands took to the streets and flooded airports where people from Muslim-majority countries and refugees were being detained and, in many cases, sent back.
Since that time, the Administration has increased its assaults against immigrants, refugees and Muslims. We have seen multiple additional bans on people from Muslim-majority countries, the dismantling of the U.S. refugee program, the rescinding of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for hundreds of thousands. Asylum seekers, including children, are being detained in government and for-profit detention centers. These actions, coupled with anti-immigrant/refugee and Islamophobic nationalistic rhetoric, has had real consequences, leading to increased hate crimes and local and state policies targeting these communities.
The Trump Administration set an historically low refugee admissions ceiling of 45,000 this year, down from 110,000 the previous year, yet the US is not letting in nearly that number. At the current rate, the US would only settle 15,000 refugees this year. That’s a near 87% reduction in the program. Families are being separated by the bans and refugees are at dire risk. The United States is failing in our traditional role as a refugee protection leader. Where are the refugees?
Join us in asking the President and Congress #WhereRTheRefugees and demand the Trump Administration #LetThemIn!
Commit to calling one of your Senators or a Representative from North Carolina and talk with them about…
- Unaccompanied Minors entering the United States
- The need to have a solution for our Dreamers, or
- the need to work together in a bi-partisan way to resolve immigration issues in America.
You can reach your Senators and Representative by calling the U.S. Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121.
- A switchboard operator will connect you directly with the Senate or House office you request. If you do not know the name of your Senators and/or Representative, you can find that out here.
→Sample conversation for Unaccompanied Minors who need Temporary Protected Status (TPS):
“Hello, I’m [your name] from [your city, state], and I’m calling to say that as we work to provide a needed solution for Dreamers, I urge you to also stand behind the vulnerable children who came to this country seeking safety and security from very violent and often life-threatening situations.
I ask [your Senator/Representative] to lift up the voices of vulnerable children fleeing horrific violence in Central America. I am very concerned about any attempts to roll back protections and legal rights for these youth.
In addition, ask [your Senator/Representative] to let Majority Leader McConnell/Speaker Ryan know that [he/she] does not want to leave thousands of youth without any sort of protection or means to create a better life for themselves.
Let us continue to welcome the stranger and promote American values of freedom and justice by ensuring protections for all vulnerable youth are kept in place. Please reach across the aisle to come up with a bipartisan resolution. Thank you.”
→Sample Conversation about the Dreamers:
“Hello, I’m [your name] from [your city, state], and I’m calling to add my voice to the thousands of people across the country who care about helping vulnerable immigrant youth who have contributed to our communities, our economy, and our universities. I am very concerned about the lack of protection and legal rights these youth will have once DACA disappears. I’m calling to urge [your Senator/Representative] to secure a legislative solution for Dreamers. We must ensure that protections for these young Americans are not rolled back. Our country can do better than this. Again, I encourage [your Senator/Representative] to stand with Dreamers and reach across the aisle to come up with a bipartisan resolution. Thank you.”
Further DACA information is outlined in this excellent New York Times article.
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This is NOT the new normal!