Action Alert: CAIR Marks 2nd Anniversary of Muslim Ban with Release of Social Media Toolkit, Urges Congress to #RepealTheBan

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/24/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today marked the second anniversary of President Trump’s “Muslim Ban” executive orders on January 27 with the release of a social media toolkit designed to raise awareness about the ban and to urge Congress to #RepealTheBan.

CAIR’s social media toolkit, “#RepealTheBan: Marking the Second Anniversary of the Muslim Ban Executive Order with Congressional Advocacy and Action,” offers:

  • Sample Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram posts that can be used to highlight stories of individuals and families that continue to be impacted by this discriminatory ban,
  • Sample posts that promote CAIR’s online action alert connecting constituents with their elected officials in Congress, urging them to repeal the Muslim Ban,
  • Infographics, each sized for Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram,

A video that highlights Muslim Ban stories and urges congressional action.

READ CAIR’S SOCIAL MEDIA TOOLKIT WITH GRAPHICS: #RepealTheBan: Marking the Second Anniversary of the Muslim Ban Executive Order with Congressional Advocacy and Action

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1u7PbrORf4ntn9BjYwZ2B_O3BKHzxp9cb  

SEE SAMPLE SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS

  • Sunday marks the 2nd anniversary of @realDonaldTrump’s discriminatory, immoral #MuslimBan. Congress must do what the U.S. Supreme Court shamefully did not: #RepealTheBan. Take a moment to send a quick message to your representatives: https://tinyurl.com/RepealTheBan
  • The #MuslimBan kept Shaima from her American husband & dying baby for months. The @StateDepart only granted the waiver after @CAIRSacramento co-filed a lawsuit & the story spread via news & social media. Tell Congress to #ProtectFamilies & #RepealTheBan: https://tinyurl.com/RepealTheBan
  • In first 3 months, only 2 waivers were issued. 6 months later, waiver approval rate was paltry 2%. As of Sept. 2018, @StateDept revealed that 1,836 applicants were “cleared” for waivers, but it’s still unclear how many applicants actually received visas. https://tinyurl.com/RepealTheBan  

CAIR’s one-click online action alert empowers constituents to urge their elected members of Congress to support legislation that would either: 1) #RepealTheBan, 2) de-fund the order, or, 3) enhance the rights of travelers entering the United States.

CAIR’s action alert urges members of Congress to become original co-sponsors of upcoming legislation that will be introduced by Representative Judy Chu (D-CA) and Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT). The bill would de-fund the Muslim Ban executive order. The alert also encourages members of Congress to work with Rep. Chu and other offices to introduce a comprehensive repeal to the Muslim Ban, as well as support existing legislation like Representative Don Beyer’s (D-VA) Freedom of Religion Act to prohibit religious discrimination in our immigration system.

BACKGROUND ON THE MUSLIM BAN:

On Friday, January 27, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order 13769 targeting Muslim immigrants and refugees. The first of what would become three discriminatory executive orders, initially targeted seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days, non-Syrian refugees for a period of 120 days, and Syrian refugees indefinitely.

Since the Trump administration’s first attempt to ban Muslim immigration to the United States, CAIR, other civil and human rights organizations, and several states filed legal challenges to each of the ban’s permutations.

Disappointingly, in June 2018 the U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision decided to permit the third iteration of the Muslim Ban to remain in effect and reversed a lower court injunction that had -- until December 2017 -- prevented the Trump administration from using its third Muslim Ban as a basis for denying visas to foreign nationals from eight affected countries, six of which were Muslim.

CAIR believes the Supreme Court’s decision to not overturn the Muslim Ban is a setback, not the end of the road. The responsibility is on the American Muslim community and its allies to push for an end to the Muslim Ban.

It is now up to the U.S. Congress to do what the Trump Administration and the Supreme Court are unwilling or unable to do: #RepealTheBan and other limitations on refugees and persons of color from traveling or immigrating to the United States.

The Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization has reported an unprecedented spike in hate incidents targeting American Muslims and members of other minority groups since the election of Donald Trump as president.

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com


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