Tell Congress to Stop Trump’s Muslim Bans

 

Senators Chris Murphy and Dianne Feinstein have introduced legislation to block any taxpayer dollars from being used to enforce Donald Trump’s Muslim bans.

If Congress passes this bill – the Muslim Ban will be blocked for good.

Thankfully, 29 Senators have already signed onto the bill. Unfortunately, Republican leadership has blocked any votes on the ban. In order to change that, we need to get more Senators on board – and encourage those who support the bill to aggressively push for a vote.

Send a message now – our system will prep a message to each of your two Senators based on whether or not they are supporting this bill. If they have signed onto the legislation, it will send a thank you note with encouragement that the Senator press for a vote. If they have not signed onto the bill, it will urge them to support it. In either case – you will have the option to edit or add your own message.


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Call Congress to Save the Iran Deal!

 

Trump is calling on Congress to kill the Iran Deal and set the stage for military action.

This is not a drill. This is really happening. Trump’s friend Senator Tom Cotton is introducing legislation next week to turn his plan for war into action. We can stop this, but only if everyone is all in.

Tom Cotton wants the U.S. to unilaterally rewrite the terms of the deal – threatening sanctions if Iran, Europe, and the other parties to the deal don’t agree to new terms. If Iran then exits the deal, Cotton says the U.S. will impose a blockade to destabilize Iran and launch military strikes to destroy Iranian nuclear facilities.

We have teamed up with groups like Indivisible, MoveOn, and J Street to call on Congress to do everything in its power to stop Trump from killing the deal.

Now we need you to add your voice.

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Urgent: Help us fight Trump’s new Iranian ban

Donald Trump just signed a new Muslim ban that will severely impact Iranians and their families in the U.S. We are analyzing the text of the order and will provide updates as they develop but it confirms what we have long warned: the Trump administration is making its Muslim ban against Iranians and other nationals permanent and will cement a racist and discriminatory campaign promise into official U.S. policy unless we convince the courts and Congress to intervene.

Effective today, all immigrant and nonimmigrant visas will be suspended for Iranians, except student visas (M and F visas) and student exchange students (J visas) – though such travelers will be subject to increased scrutiny. All entries of Syrian and North Korean nationals with visas of any class or green cards are barred. Immigrant visas and most non-immigrant visas to nationals of Chad, Yemen, Venezuela, Libya, and Somalia will also be suspended. Iraq and Sudan have been removed from the list of banned countries.

Additionally, there will be no longer be an exception for travelers with a bona fide U.S. relationship after October 18 – meaning family members of Iranian Americans will once again be banned. The new version of the travel ban is indefinite with no set expiration date.

We are mobilizing now to fight this latest ban with everything we’ve got:

  • Legal: Our legal counsel is working with our coalition partners as we speak on potential litigation to freeze and roll back Trump’s new ban.
  • Grassroots: we are organizing actions around the country with a coalition of civil rights organizations to mobilize popular opinion and increase public pressure against the ban. (You can sign up for rallies in Washington, DC or San Francisco right now).
  • Political: we are reaching out to lawmakers and their staff to urge them to introduce new legislation to rescind Trump’s new ban and to put political pressure on those in Congress who refuse to challenge this president’s heinous bans. We are also prepared to notify lawmakers about specific cases of affected travelers in case Congressional intervention is needed.

Additionally, if you or a family member are affected by the ban please contact our Legal Counsel, Shayan Modarres, at smodarres@niacouncil.org.

We will post our legal analysis and Question and Answers about the new ban on this page (niacouncil.org/noban) shortly. It will be updated frequently as the situation evolves, so please bookmark it.

We face a difficult road ahead but are confident through legal, political, and grassroots pressure we can once again put a freeze on Trump’s ban and ultimately dismantle it. But we need your support if we are going to succeed. Please donate $100, $250, or $500 today so that we have the resources needed to win.

In these challenging times, it takes an organized, motivated community to fight for our rights. We are not going to let Trump target the right’s of our community or any other community, and we’re glad to have your support and participation for the battle ahead.

Tell Trump: “No Backdoor Muslim Ban!”

 

Donald Trump’s illegal Muslim Ban Executive Orders have been knocked down by the courts twice. Now he is trying another way to implement his discriminatory agenda: new “extreme vetting” requirements in visa applications.

If approved, this policy would be devastating for our communities. It would let the Trump Administration gather huge amounts of personal data about visa applicants, including their social media history for the past five years and their travel history for the past fifteen years. The Trump Administration would then be able to use this vast amount of information to reject visas; if they wrongly reject someone’s visa application, it is very hard to fight that decision.

Collecting this social media information is particularly frightening. We have already seen cases where visas were denied because U.S. government officials misunderstood innocent social media posts. Collecting this information on such a vast scale is sure to lead to widespread rejection of visas for inappropriate reasons, and the language about who can be targeted for this information collection is so broad that it can encompass huge groups of people. Given this administration’s unchecked xenophobia and Islamophobia, this policy is sure to be used very heavily against Iranians and other individuals from countries targeted by Trump’s Muslim Ban Executive Order.

The Trump Administration is once again trying to push a Muslim Ban, this time by calling it “extreme vetting.” We should not be fooled. Take action today to protect our communities from this Backdoor Ban!

Urge Congress to Stand Against White Supremacists in the White House

 

The violence and hatred we witnessed in Charlottesville, Virginia this past weekend was shocking. And the fact that it took Donald Trump three days to half-heartedly condemn it, before then saying that there were ”very fine people on both sides” of the protests, is outrageous and deeply disturbing.

With Trump abetting these horrific groups, we must urge members of Congress to take a strong and unequivocal stand against white-supremacy and neo-Nazis and condemn Trump’s failure of leadership, including by passing a resolution to officially censure Trump for his inexcusable remarks. A resolution of censure has already been introduced in the House by Reps. Jerrold Nadler, Bonnie Watson Coleman and Pramila Jayapal. 

There are individuals serving in our government, in Trump’s White House, who are actively working to turn the white supremacist vision of those who rallied in Charlottesville into official policy – Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller and Seb Gorka all need to be fired.

Already emailed your members of Congress? Call 1-844-ACT-NIAC (1-844-228-6422) to be connected with all of your lawmakers.

>> Take action today by ensuring your lawmakers stand against white supremacists in the White House and their bigoted agenda!

August 2017 Recess: Hold Congress Accountable

With Congress’ recent passage of new sanctions legislation and the Trump administration’s increasingly confrontational position towards Iran, the Iran nuclear deal is in jeopardy and the dangers of a U.S.-Iran confrontation are rising. Meanwhile, Trump continues to defend his ban against Iranians and the Supreme Court may side with him when it issues a final decision in the fall.

We need the many lawmakers who were supporters of the deal to defend it and pushback against those who want to start a war. We need our elected representatives to have our backs and fight to repeal Trump’s Muslim ban. And we need those lawmakers who favor killing the nuclear deal and banning our families to feel real political consequences from their voters.

As Members of Congress head to their districts for recess the month of August, we have a major opportunity to hold them accountable, press them to take action, and hear our voices this month at town hall meetings.

Attend a Town Hall

Visit TownHallProject.com and enter your zip code 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 member of Congress to find out directly (you can call Congress via 1-844-ACT-NIAC to be connected to your members of Congress). 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. You can also stress how important it is to you that they hold a town hall for their constituents. (Source: Indivisible Guide)

You Found a Town Hall to Attend – Now What?

  1. Tell us if you’re planning to attend a town hall by filling out this form.
    • We will contact you and send you any resources you need – including printable signs, sample questions to ask, connecting you with any NIAC Action volunteers we have in your area and what to expect at the town hall.
  2. Make sure to note where the town hall is located, what time to arrive, directions, parking info and if you need to RSVP to attend. Invite other friends to join you, as well!

We must constantly be holding politicians accountable to the citizens whom they are elected to represent. A town hall meeting is your chance to confront your elected leaders about the issues you care about. YOU have the power to define the agenda and be heard. 

If you have any questions, please email mahsa@niacaction.org – Subject: Town Halls

Resources

 

 

Bernie Stands Up to Trump’s Push to Kill the Iran Deal – Why Isn’t Your Legislator?

 

Our opponents are busy planting the seeds for Trump to kill the deal. We can defeat them, but only if we speak out and rally our champions like Senator Sanders to defend what we’ve fought so hard to achieve. 

Anyone who followed the lead up to the Iraq war should see the warning signs with Trump and Iran. Trump has said he expects to refuse to certify Iran’s compliance with the accord in October, a step that would almost certainly trigger the death of the deal. 

Fill out the form on the left to contact Congress now and tell YOUR lawmakers to speak out like Sen. Sanders to defend the Iran nuclear deal today!

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While many have been silent, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has shown courage and leadership.

 

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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DONATE to help us stop Trump’s ban!

Help us mobilize the Iranian-American community and American public against Trump’s ban! Donate today >>


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.

 

 

 

 

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.