The nightmares Donald Trump promised on the campaign trail are coming true. He spent his first week in office targeting immigrants and banning Muslims from entering the country. In the face of Trumpâ€™s hate, thousands of people in communities all across the country came together to loudly and fiercely resist Trumpâ€™s racism, xenophobia and hate.
The massive and spontaneous weekend demonstrations at airports and city squares across the country put local officials on notice. We expect them to reject Trumpâ€™s dangerous agenda and stand with the communities he threatens.
Now we need to make sure the resistance to Trump happens in Congress too. Democrats, including progressive champion Sen. Chris Murphy and ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee Sen. Dianne Feinstein, are introducing legislation to stop Trumpâ€™s racist and xenophobic Muslim ban â€“ and we need to build support for them now.
Trumpâ€™s Muslim ban is appalling, horrifying and unconstitutional.1 It illegally discriminates against immigrants based on their country of origin by targeting people born in seven Muslim-majority countries. Before a federal judge issued a stay on Saturday, federal officials had the power to bar permanent residents and people with legal visas from entering the United States. While the judgeâ€™s stay protects permanent residents, people with visas, including students, will continue to be blocked from entering the country, and the Department of Homeland Security still has the power to revoke green cards in bulk.2
Both Sens. Murphy and Feinstein have stated that they will be introducing legislation to protect refugee and immigrant communities within the next week. Sen. Murphy is introducing legislation to â€śimmediately overturn Trumpâ€™s hateful and dangerous executive order.â€ť3 The bill would withhold any funding to enforce the executive order and declares it illegal based on the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, which banned discrimination against immigrants on the basis of national origin.4
Similarly, the first of two bills that Sen. Feinstein is introducing will rescind the executive order. Her second bill will amend the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act to add extra layers of protection to block the presidentâ€™s authority to single out groups of people to bar from entering the United States.
As long as immigrants, refugees and their families are under attack, we need to push our elected officials in Congress to fight back. They must reject any efforts to use xenophobia and racism to justify deportations, the suspension of civil rights or the closure of our borders.
There is no room for politics of hate and fear in our communities. We must take action now to fight back against Trump and his racist administrationâ€™s xenophobic and illegal attempts to demonize Muslim and immigrant communities. Speaking out publicly and in massive numbers will help pressure the craven and cowardly elected officials in Congress who have enabled Trump to date.
Tell Congress: Support legislation to stop Trumpâ€™s racist and xenophobic Muslim ban. Click the link below to sign the petition:
Thank you for all that you do,
Tessa Levine, Campaign Manager
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- David Bier, â€ś,â€ť The New York Times, Jan. 27, 2017.
- Michael Shear and Helene Cooper, â€ś,â€ť The New York Times, Jan. 27, 2017.
- Ed Oâ€™Keefe, â€ś,â€ť The Washington Post, Jan 29, 2017.
- Sen. Chris Murphy, â€ś,â€ť Jan. 30, 2017.
- Mallory Shelbourne, â€ś,â€ť The Hill, Jan. 29, 2017.