CAIR Marks Two-Year Anniversary with Action Alert Urging Congress to #RepealTheBan
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/22/19) – To mark the two-year anniversary of the Trump administrations discriminatory “Muslim Ban” executive order, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is calling on all American’s 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.
TAKE ACTION: URGE YOUR MEMBER OF CONGRESS TO #RepealTheBan
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 that 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 misiÃ³n de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.