Republicans Just Voted to Keep the Muslim Ban

 

Send a message to the five Republican lawmakers who voted to keep banning our grandparents under Trump’s Muslim Ban.

We need to hold Representatives Culberson (TX-07), Frelinghuysen (NJ-11), Herrera Beutler (WA-03), Valadao (CA-21), and Yoder (KS-03) accountable and show them that there will be political consequences for supporting Trump’s ban against our families.
 
This was the first time that Congress has held a single vote on Trump’s ban. An amendment was offered in the Appropriations committee to block any funding to impose the ban against family members of U.S. persons – including not just parents and children, but grandparents and other extended family members. 
 
Unfortunately, Representatives Culberson (TX-07), Frelinghuysen (NJ-11), Herrera Beutler (WA-03), Valadao (CA-21), and Yoder (KS-03) voted against this amendment – and voted to allow Trump to use taxpayer dollars to ban our family members. 
 
This was a party-line vote, but lawmakers must understand that voting with Trump on the ban is a political liability. That starts by flooding their offices with emails and phone calls to tell them we will hold them accountable unless they decide to break with Trump against the ban.
 

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Iranians and nationals of five other nations will once again be barred from entering the country, with certain exceptions for those with “bona fide” relationships with individuals in the United States. If the Supreme Court rules in favor of Trump this fall, the ban could be reinstated in full and result in an indefinite ban on Iranians.

Defeating the Muslim ban is going to take more than just legal challenges. Congress could end the ban right now if they had the political will. Our job is to make understand there will be political consequences if they avoid taking a stand on this issue. Contact Rep. Culberson and make your voice heard.

 

 

 

 

Email Texas Rep. John Culberson

 

Tell Rep. Culberson to Defund the Muslim Ban!

Your Congressman, Rep. John Culberson, could end the Muslim ban TODAY.

Rep. Mark Pocan will introduce an amendment to the Department of Homeland Security spending bill that would block any funding from being used to enforce the ban against our grandparents and other family members. 
 
Rep. Barbara Lee will introduce an amendment to block any funding for the entire ban.
 

Email Representative Culberson and urge him to pass these amendments. 

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Iranians and nationals of five other nations will once again be barred from entering the country, with certain exceptions for those with “bona fide” relationships with individuals in the United States. If the Supreme Court rules in favor of Trump this fall, the ban could be reinstated in full and result in an indefinite ban on Iranians.

Defeating the Muslim ban is going to take more than just legal challenges. Congress could end the ban right now if they had the political will. Our job is to make understand there will be political consequences if they avoid taking a stand on this issue. Contact Rep. Culberson and make your voice heard.

 

 

 

 

Tweet at Key Members of Congress!

 

Tell Congress to Repeal the Ban on Grandparents!

Congress could end the Muslim ban TODAY.

Rep. Mark Pocan will introduce an amendment to the Department of Homeland Security spending bill that would block any funding from being used to enforce the ban against our grandparents and other family members. 
 
Rep. Barbara Lee will introduce an amendment to block any funding for the entire ban.
 

Tweet at House Appropriations Republicans and urge them to pass these amendments. 

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Iranians and nationals of five other nations will once again be barred from entering the country, with certain exceptions for those with “bona fide” relationships with individuals in the United States. If the Supreme Court rules in favor of Trump this fall, the ban could be reinstated in full and result in an indefinite ban on Iranians.

Defeating the Muslim ban is going to take more than just legal challenges. Congress could end the ban right now if they had the political will. Our job is to make understand there will be political consequences if they avoid taking a stand on this issue. Contact Congress and make your voice heard.

 

 

 

 

Stop Trump’s Muslim Ban – Demand Congressional Action!

 

The Supreme Court just reinstated Trump’s Muslim Ban.

Congress could end the Muslim ban TODAY but has failed to vote on legislation to repeal the ban. Urge your Senators and Representative to pass existing legislation that will rescind the Muslim Ban. Want to do more? You can call your Members of Congress, too.

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Iranians and nationals of five other nations will once again be barred from entering the country, with certain exceptions for those with “bona fide” relationships with individuals in the United States. If the Supreme Court rules in favor of Trump this fall, the ban could be reinstated in full and result in an indefinite ban on Iranians.

It is time for Congress to stop dodging responsibility and do its job. Congress could end the Muslim ban TODAY but has failed to vote on legislation to repeal the ban. In fact, Congress has not held even a single hearing to evaluate Trump’s ban.

Contact your lawmakers TODAY to urge them for a vote to stop the ban. Our lawmakers must understand – they represent US, their voters and constituents, not Donald Trump. You can email and call your Members of Congress to build pressure for a vote.

 

 

 

 

Take Action: Rep. Rohrabacher Must Apologize!

Republican congressman Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48), who represents more Iranian Americans than nearly any other lawmaker in the House of Representatives, suggested on Thursday that the recent ISIS terror attacks in Tehran were a positive development during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Hezbollah:

“We have recently seen an attack on Iran, and the Iranian government – the mullahs, I believe that Sunni forces have attacked them,” stated Rohrabacher. He then asked the panel, “Isn’t it a good thing for us to have the United States finally backing up Sunnis who will attack Hezbollah and the Shiite threat to us, isn’t that a good thing? And if so, maybe…this is a Trump strategy of actually supporting one group against another.”

As a voter in or near Rohrabacher’s district, you must make your voice heard. Take action using the tool on this page to email Rohrabacher. 

Follow up action: Call 1-844-ACT-NIAC (1-844-228-6422) to be connected to Rohrabacher’s office to call for him to retract and apologize for his remarks

See our write-up on the shocking exchange, and then let Rep. Rohrabacher know that this is unacceptable and that he should immediately apologize for his outrageous cheerleading of terror!

  

Tweet and Call: Congress should not pass sanctions after Tehran attacks!

 

Today, Senator Bernie Sanders called on Congress to delay a vote on Iran sanctions and condemned the Tehran Attacks:

Take Action! Don’t let Congress pass Iran sanctions on the day of Tehran Attacks!

Today we stand in solidarity with the people of Iran following the heinous ISIS terror attack. Our statement from this morning is here.

Unfortunately, the Senate had planned to begin voting on new Iran sanctions today. The sanctions are deplorable on their own, but timing of this vote could not be more inappropriate.

Read about the sanctions legislation: “S. 722 Endangers U.S. Troops and Pushes Trump to Violate the Iran Nuclear Deal” >>

Moments ago, Senator Bernie Sanders went to the floor to call for the sanctions vote to be delayed in light of the attacks. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Murphy did the same, but more Senators need to follow suit.

Now we need you to weigh in. Please take a moment to contact your Senators NOW to urge them to halt the Iran sanctions vote. The two most effective ways to do this are via a phone call and via Twitter – we have setup the tools for you to do both below.

Take Action: Say No to Extreme Vetting!

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Tell the Trump administration NO to a Muslim ban through “extreme vetting.”


Donald Trump and Rex Tillerson just unveiled their proposal for “extreme vetting” that could target Iranians seeking to come to the United States. While Trump has been unable to clear his despicable Muslim ban through the courts, he and his administration are now seeking new ways to prevent our friends and loved ones from Iran from visiting us in the U.S.

We have an opportunity to weigh in and send a deafening message to Trump that this will not stand. The Trump administration is legally required to accept public comment on its proposed “extreme vetting” proposal questions through May 18th. We need to send a powerful message that the American people – including the Iranian-American community – stands united against Trump’s anti-Iranian, anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant ideology.

Take action today to tell the Trump administration “NO” to a Muslim ban through “extreme vetting.”

Trump’s “extreme vetting” proposal includes broad new authorities to reject visas for certain travelers. Most shockingly, it would require certain visa applicants to provide all of their social media history over the past five years. When the U.S. starts giving consular officers broad, undefined authorities to block visas based on a person’s Facebook posts, there is no telling how this power will be used. Will visas be denied for people who have made social media posts critical of Trump or his policies?

The proposal also requires applicants to provide fifteen years of personal history – including their employment history, places they have travelled or lived, and how they funded such travel. If an applicant is unable to provide full information about a vacation they had over a decade ago, there is a chance they would be rejected. Giving such broad license to reject visa applicants is an invitation for abuse. Much of this proposal is still being kept a secret, but if the Trump administration’s actions thus far are any indication, “extreme vetting” is going to be exploited to target ordinary Iranians and keep people from Muslim-majority countries out of this country.

Trump hasn’t been able to ram his Muslim ban through the courts, so his administration is trying to impose it through other means – including this “extreme vetting” proposal. We need to sound the alarm on these efforts if we are going to stop him. Your efforts can make a difference, please submit your public comment against Trump’s “extreme vetting” right away.

Federal Register: Notice of Information Collection Under OMB Emergency Review >>

Reuters: State Dept. Seeks Tougher Visa Scrutiny, Including Social Media Checks. Read More >>

 

  

 

 

 

Tell Your Senators: Protect diplomacy with Iran!

Iranians dancing in celebration! A win for moderation: Rouhani beats hardliner candidates in landslide election

Don’t let Congress pass new sanctions!

Donald Trump is taking this country down a very dangerous path by following the Saudis back down the perilous path to war with Iran. Please take action today before it is too late: use the below link to email and, even better, call your Senators today. 
 
Iran is no democracy, but millions of Iranians inside the country and around the world made their voices heard at the ballot box. They are working for peace, human rights, and positive change. The least the United States government can do is to not get in the way. 
 
Contact Congress today – and share this petition with 5 friends to do the same!
 

 

No Ban Norooz: Delivering Sweets to End Hate. #MuslimBan

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“No-rooz” means “New day,” and is Iran’s secular New Year holiday, dating back over four thousand years to Zoroastrian traditions. We offer traditional Iranian cookies to family and friends to bring sweetness to their lives in the new year… unfortunately, Iranians have tasted bitterness instead this year, thanks to the Muslim Ban.

With Iranian Americans celebrating a new day, during the two weeks of Norooz celebrations we’re offering Members of Congress a new chance to do what is right and oppose the ban against our families, and support new legislation to rescind it. We want to deliver cookies and sweets to local offices of Members of Congress all over the country, to thank those who have stood by us, and also to remind those who have supported the ban of the individual stories of those whose Norooz will not be as sweet this year. 

Want to join the #NoBanNorooz campaign and deliver cookies to your Members of Congress’ offices?

Sign up to visit your Congressional office:

If there's a group in your city delivering cookies, we will link you up! If not, we will give you instructions on how to visit your local Congressional office.
  • What date between March 20 - April 3 would you prefer to deliver cookies? (We will let you know if a local group near you is already going on another day. If there is no group, you can deliver on the day of your choosing).

Join TWW and NIAC at your local town hall this week

Together We Will USA (TWWUSA) and the National Iranian American Council for Action (NIAC Action) have launched a nationwide grassroots effort to push back against Donald Trump’s executive order (EO) banning travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Sudan and Yemen. 

During the week of February 20th, members of TWW-USA and NIAC Action will flood congressional town hall meetings throughout the country to voice our concerns over this unconscionable and discriminatory ban. Trump’s order shamefully targeted an entire religion, demonizes Muslims, creates hostility among Americans, and increases tensions between the U.S. and the rest of the world.  

TWW-USA and NIAC Action have prioritized both town hall events in key swing districts and Republican members who are most sensitive to pressure to stand up to Trump’s divisive policies. These lawmakers include:

Senators

House of Representatives

Take Action

Together, we will urge Members of Congress to sign recently introduced legislation that would reverse and defund the unjust travel ban order: 

HR 724 would rescind the EO and prohibit funding to enforce it. 

S 240 would rescind the EO  and ensure it has no legal effect.  

S 248 would withhold funding for the EO  and declare it illegal based on the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act.

For now, the EO is effectively “on hold” thanks to recent legal action.  Nevertheless, the court ruling may be overturned or a revised EO may be released. Therefore, it is imperative that lawmakers take action to remove it from the books. 

The Republican administration’s immoral ban has separated loved ones from their families, locked out students from continuing their studies, and instilled fear in communities already in the United States. Outrageously, many have been deported, and others have been detained and subjected to dogmatic questioning.

Together We Will USA and the NIAC Action are proud to join forces to call on Congress to do the right thing and reverse this disgraceful ban.

Why Do Town Halls Matter?

A Town Hall meeting is the place to share your opinions with your elected leaders. You can confront them with the issues you care about, which gives you enormous power to define the agenda and be heard. Use this time to drive the thoughts and concerns of our national political conversation back to the proper frame. Let them know that the shameful hostility directed at Muslims coming from Washington is being mislabeled as a concern for national safety.

What Should You Expect at a Town Hall?

Expect representatives to speak for 15-30 minutes. The topics often focus on current events involving their recent work in Washington, D.C. Audience members are invited to ask questions after the speech. Now is your chance to be heard.

How to Be Heard

Raise your hand immediately after they open the floor for questions. Don’t wait. The longer you wait, the more you will have from other attendants.

How to Prepare

Focus on one question and prepare it ahead of time. Make the question polite, but direct. Avoid rude language, as a respectfully worded question will be taken more seriously. Ask questions that require your representatives to take an action. Examples include: “How will you hold the president accountable about X?” or “What actions will you take to make sure X happens?” Avoid questions that elicit yes or no answers. 

Make it a Dialog!

Print and create signs to take to your town hall meeting, and give your elected official a visual understanding of where you stand on the issuse. Make your own or download some here.

Resist: How we defeat Trump’s Ban

We are voicing our concerns over the unconscionable and discriminatory “Muslim Ban.” Trump’s executive order shamefully targets Iranians, demonizes Muslims, creates divisions among Americans and increases tensions between the U.S. and the rest of the world.

It’s up to all of us to show up and voice our opposition to this ban! We’ve already organized groups to attend town halls events and rallies – join a local NIAC Action group to team up with fellow concerned citizens to make some noise about the Muslim Ban! Together, we can stop it.

Join your local NIAC Facebook group to find out about events like town halls and rallies, and coordinate with local members!

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Don’t see your state listed? >> Email elham@niacaction.org to get more information on how you and your friends can start a Facebook group for your state – it’s easy!

Attend a town hall event

Visit TownHallProject.com and enter your zipcode to find a town hall event with your Members of Congress.

NOTE: Sometimes town halls are announced well in advance, and sometimes, although they are technically “public,” only select constituents are notified about them shortly before the event. If you can’t find announcements online, call your MoC directly to find out. When you call, be friendly and say to the staffer, “Hi, I’m a constituent, and I’d like to know when his/her next town hall forum will be.” If they don’t know, ask to be added to the email list so that you get notified when they do. (Source: Indivisible Guide)

Resources for town halls and demonstrations
– Talking points on Trump’s ban and legislation to stop it 
– Information about the Iranian-American organization lawsuit against Trump’s ban 
– Print these posters to take with you:
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Targeted Representatives for Overturning Trump’s Ban

Below are the most vulnerable Republican members of the House who represent swing districts. These are the lawmakers who are most sensitive to pressure to stand up against Trump’s most divisive policies – including the Muslim ban. While we usually caution that lawmakers will only listen to their own constituents, it’s time to turn up the heat. If you have any connection to these districts, please call these lawmakers’ offices and urge them to support legislation to repeal the Muslim ban – H.R. 724 – the SOLVE Act. If you have contacts within the district, encourage them to call these offices as well.
 
To make your calls: Call 1-844-ACT-NIAC (1-844-228-6422) to connect to the Capitol switchboard. Ask to be connected to the Representative’s office. Once connected, you can either speak to the person who answers or ask to be connected to the staff member who handles immigration issues. Be polite, but but firm. Ask the staff member you speak with, “Does the Representative support Donald Trump’s ban on seven Muslim-majority countries? Will the Representative stand up for American values and safety by cosponsoring H.R. 724 – the SOLVE Act? Please let us know how your calls go after you’re done.

Not sure who your Members of Congress are? Use our tool here.

Rep. Martha Roby (AL-02)
Montgomery, Alabama
Supports ban >

Rep. French Hill (AR-02)
Little Rock, Arkansas
Skeptical of ban >

Rep. Martha McSally (AZ-02)
Tucson, Arizona
Neutral >

Rep. Jeff Denham (CA-10)
Turlock, California
Skeptical of ban >

Rep. David Valadao (CA-21)
Hanford, California
Neutral >

Rep. Steve Knight (CA-25)
Palmdale, California
Skeptical of ban >

Rep. Ed Royce (CA-39)
Fullerton, California
Skeptical of ban >

Rep. Mimi Walters (CA-45)
Laguna Niguel, California
Neutral >

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (CA-48)
Costa Mesa, California
Supports the ban >

Rep. Darrell Issa (CA-49)
Vista, California
Supports the ban >

Rep. Scott Tipton (CO-03)
Cortez, Colorado
Skeptical of ban >

Rep. Mike Coffman (CO-06)
Aurora, Colorado
Skeptical of ban >

Rep. Brian Mast (FL-18)
Hutchinson Island, Florida
Supports ban >

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25)
Miami, Florida
Supports ban >

Rep. Carlos Curbelo (FL-26)
Miami, Florida
Skeptical of ban >

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-27)
Miami, Florida
Skeptical of ban >

Rep. Tom Price (GA-06)
Roswell, Georgia
Neutral

Rep. Rod Blum (IA-01) 
Dubuque, Iowa
Supports the ban >

Rep. David Young (IA-03)
Van Meter, Iowa
Support the ban >

Rep. Peter Roskam (IL-06)         
Wheaton, Illinois
Support the ban >

Rep. Rodney Davis (IL-13)
Taylorville, Illinois
Supports the ban >

Rep. Randy Hultgren (IL-14)
Winfield, Illinois
Skeptical of ban >

Rep. Lynn Jenkins (KS-02)
Topeka, Kansas
Skeptical of ban >

Rep. Kevin Yoder (KS-03)
Overland Park, Kansas
Skeptical of ban >

Rep. Andy Barr (KY-06)
Lexington, Kentucky
Supports the ban >

Rep. Bruce Poliquin (ME-02)
Oakland, Maine
Neutral >

Rep. Tim Walberg (MI-07)
Tipton, Michigan
Skeptical of ban >

Rep. Mike Bishop (MI-08)
Rochester, Michigan
Neutral >

Rep. Dave Trott (MI-11)
Birmingham, Michigan
Supports the ban >

Rep. Jason Lewis (MN-02)
Burnsville, Minnesota
Skeptical of ban >

Rep. Erik Paulsen (MN-03)
Eden Prairie, Minnesota
Skeptical of ban >

Rep. Richard Hudson (NC-08)   
Concord, North Carolina
Supports ban >

Rep. Robert Pittenger (NC-09)
Charlotte, North Carolina    
Skeptical of ban >

Rep. Ted Budd (NC-13)
Advance, North Carolina
Supports ban >

Rep. Don Bacon (NE-02) 
Papillion, Nebraska
Supports ban >

Rep. Frank LoBiondo (NJ-02)
Ventnor City, New Jersey    
Skeptical of ban >

Rep. Tom MacArthur (NJ-03)
Toms River, New Jersey       
Supports ban >

Rep. Leonard Lance (NJ-07)        
Clinton Township, New Jersey         Skeptical of ban >

Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (NJ-11)
Morristown, New Jersey      
Skeptical of ban >

Rep. Lee Zeldin (NY-01)    
Shirley, New York     
Supports ban >

Rep. Dan Donovan (NY-11)
Staten Island, New York
Supports ban >

Rep. John Faso (NY-19)
Kinderhook, New York
Skeptical of ban >

Rep. Claudia Tenney (NY-22)
New Hartford, New York
Supports ban >

Rep. John Katko (NY-24)
Camillus, New York
Skeptical of ban >

Rep. Chris Collins (NY-27)
Clarence, New York
Supports ban >

Rep. Steve Chabot (OH-01)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Skeptical of ban >

Rep. Bob Gibbs (OH-07)
Lakeville, Ohio
Supports ban >

Rep. Ryan Costello (PA-06)
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Skeptical of ban >

Rep. Pat Meehan (PA-07)
Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania
Neutral >

Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-08)
Bucks County, Pennsylvania
Critical of ban >

Rep. Lloyd Smucker (PA-16)
West Lampeter Township, Pennsylvania
Supports ban >

Rep. John Culberson (TX-07)
Houston, Texas
Supports ban >

Rep. Will Hurd (TX-23)
Helotes, Texas
Critical of ban >

Rep. Pete Sessions (TX-32)
Dallas, Texas
Supports ban >

Rep. Scott Taylor (VA-02)
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Supports ban >

Rep. Barbara Comstock (VA-10)
McLean, Virginia
Skeptical of ban >

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (WA-03)
Camas, Washingon
Skeptical of ban >

Rep. David Reichert (WA-08)
Issaquah, Washingon
Supports ban >

Rep. Alex Mooney (WV-02)
Charles Town, West Virginia
Supports ban >