On January 31st, the Trump administration announced the expansion of the Muslim ban, which will now suspend immigrant visas that can lead to permanent status in the United States for nationals of Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Burma, and Nigeria. It will also ban individuals from Sudan and Tanzania from obtaining “diversity visas,” which are provided to individuals from countries with low rates of immigration into the United States. It is no coincidence that this announcement comes a few days after the third anniversary of the first refugee and Muslim ban, as well as January 29th’s one-year anniversary of the “Migrant Protection Protocols” (MPP) policy that closes our doors to asylum seekers and wrongfully forces them to wait in dangerous conditions in Mexico. The administration continues to repeatedly attack refugees, asylum seekers, and our Muslim neighbors, prolonging family separation, undermining our moral and legal obligations to the most vulnerable, and discriminating against people based on their faith or nationality.
The NO BAN Act is legislation that would terminate the administration’s refugee, Muslim, and asylum bans and ensure that no one is banned from our country based on religious or nationality-based discrimination. Join us in calling on all Members of Congress to cosponsor and pass the NO BAN Act (S.1123 / H.R.2214) – and to do everything in their power to oppose and stop the new expansion of the Muslim Ban.
CALL YOUR SENATORS & REPRESENTATIVE TODAY!
Sample Script: “I’m your constituent from [CITY/TOWN], and [as a person of faith], I urge you to strongly oppose the cruel and harmful expansion of the Muslim ban that the Trump administration announced today, which will restrict entry to the United States from six new countries. I also urge you to cosponsor the NO BAN Act (S.1123 / H.R.2214), which would ensure that no one is banned from our country based on religious or nationality-based discrimination. My community is still feeling the negative impacts of this administration’s immoral and wrongful bans that continue to tear apart families. No one should be blocked from entering the country just because of their faith tradition or where they come from. My community welcomes refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants, and I urge you to do the same.”
Amplify on Social Media: Don’t forget to tweet at your Members of Congress. Here are some sample posts:
- .@[Member of Congress’ twitter handle] I’m your constituent. Today’s announcement of the #MuslimBan expansion makes it even more urgent you sign the #NoBanAct and restore the American value of equal treatment for all people, regardless of their faith or national origin.
- The refugee and #MuslimBan was wrong when it was first announced, it was wrong the Supreme Court upheld it, and it is wrong today. Congress must act to oppose the discriminatory ban & pass #NoBanAct. pic.twitter.com/zCR2N6MQPS [click this link to automatically tweet]
- The refugee & Muslim ban has torn apart families. Today’s expansion will hurt more people. Call your reps and tell them to pass the #NoBanAct to stop this madness. pic.twitter.com/zCR2N6MQPS [click this link to automatically tweet]
- The refugee and #MuslimBan discriminates based on faith and national origin. People like Afkab from Ohio are still separated from their families because of it. Congress, we need you to repeal the ban and pass the #NoBanAct now. pic.twitter.com/tcMcU9KYvy [click this link to automatically tweet]
Please find an interfaith letter supporting the NO BAN Act here.
Thank you for taking action, and please share this alert with your networks!
Alert provided by Church World Service