Stand up for refugees and against Trump’s Muslim ban!
Last week Trump signed executive orders banning entrance to the U.S. to nationals from 7 primarily Muslim countries. Targeting people based on their religion is wrong and unconstitutional. Shutting the doors on some of the most vulnerable people in the world—refugees seeking safety—makes our country look shockingly morally bankrupt.
Communities around the U.S. and in some other countries rose up in protest over the detentions, particularly of visa and green card holders. The ACLU filed a lawsuit and won, garnering a stay on the detentions from a federal judge. However, reports across the country show that the CBA may be disregarding the judge’s orders by continuing detentions and even preventing detainees from access to lawyers.
Nonetheless, the protests and confusion between agencies and the Trump administration has forced the executive order to be revised somewhat over the weekend. ***
In the meantime, nearly all congressional Democrats have come out in opposition to Trump’s executive order. However, very few Republicans have.
CALL TO ACTION
- Call on our Senators to voice their opposition to Trump’s Muslim ban by going on the record to reject Trump’s executive orders targeting refugees and immigrants from Muslim countries. So far, both Senators Hatch and Lee have both made only vague statements that indicate their neutrality on the matter. Demand more. Let them know you are opposed to the executive action on refugees. TIPS: Try calling local offices first (numbers listed below). Remember to state that you are a constituent. Say that you oppose the president’s executive order on immigration because it is too broad, doesn’t protect American interests, and circumvents the power of congress.
- Call on your U.S. Representative to voice their opposition to Trump’s Muslim ban. Rep. Jason Chaffetz gave only a waffling response to Trump’s executive order, outlining vague concerns but commending the President at the same time. Tell your congressional representatives that Trump’s executive order on refugees is not okay. If you live in Chaffetz’s district, also demand that he account for Trump business ties in countries not banned, and consider attending Chaffetz’ Town Hall meeting in Cottonwood Heights on Thurs, Feb 9th (more info in our Calendar – please contact us if you’d like to join Action Utah’s group of volunteers going to the meeting). Find your U.S. Representative by clicking here.
- Send comments to Governor Herbert to commend his role in providing sanctuary to immigrants and ask him to strengthen his stance on accepting refugees by clicking here.
- Donate to local agencies helping refugees whose federal funding could dry up. The English Skills Learning Center offers free English classes to low-income refugees and immigrants in Salt Lake County. Donate to the IRC (International Rescue Committee) and CCS (Catholic Community Services), which both have office in Utah. Cater events with the Spice Kitchen Incubator, a project in partnership with IRC to support refugees and other disadvantaged community members.
- Donate to national organizations defending refugees, such as The Council on American Islamic Relations , International Refugee Assistance Project, National Immigration Law Center and the ACLU.
- Write an editorial – Letters to the editor of your local paper or op-eds are a great way to get your voice heard. Click here for tips for writing a good letter to the editor.
- Call the Refugee Services Office and ask what they need. The Utah RSO is a division of the Department of Workforce Services devoted to improving the lives of refugees in Utah by providing resources and services to empower them and integrate them into the Utah community.
- Join an airport rally near you – Individual groups have spontaneously organized protests across the country and in cities around the world to protest Trump’s Muslim ban. This site has been tracking them all. A protest in Salt Lake was held on Saturday 1/28, but there may be others, and if you are traveling you may find another protest near you. BEWARE: Know your rights when protesting at an airport and DO NOT GO if you are not a U.S. citizen, even if you have a green card or work permit.
- Help the Refugee Council USA collect stories from people immediately and directly affected by the refugee ban by filling out this form.
- Remember to call on Rep. Chris Stewart to oppose any legislation to allocate funds to Trump’s border wall. For those of you in St. George, please attend Stewart’s Town Hall meeting tomorrow night (Tues 1/31)! See our Calendar for details.
- Check our Petitions, Petitions! page regularly for a growing list of petitions to sign denouncing the ban on Muslims.
Call Senator Orrin G. Hatch – DC: (202) 224-5251
Cedar City, UT: tel: (435) 586-8435
Ogden, UT: tel: (801) 625-5672
Provo, UT: tel: (801) 375-7881
Salt Lake City, UT: tel: (801) 524-4380
St. George, UT: tel: (435) 634-1795
Call Senator Mike Lee – DC: (202) 224-5444
Ogden, UT: tel: (801) 392-9633
Salt Lake City, UT: tel: (801) 524-5933
St. George, UT: tel: (435) 628-5514