How to Call Your Senators About the #MuslimBan

President Donald Trump moved to ban more than 218 million people from the United States and deny entry to all refugees on Saturday. His executive order bars everyone travelling from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the country for the next 90 days and suspends refugees from entering for 120 days.

On Saturday night, Muslims and refugees who entered the country though airports were detained. They were threatened to be sent back on planes home. Lawyers from the ACLU worked pro-bono to file appeals for the individuals and families that were detained and Protestors swarmed airports in support of Muslims and refugees held there.

Lawyers from the ACLU are declaring the Muslim Ban unconstitutional. Even though the presidency supports it, your legislators may also deem it unconstitutional. To push them to take action, we must reach out to them.

You can use whoismyrepresentative.com to enter your zip code and find the contact information of your congress members. The best way to reach out is to call. However, it can be daunting to speak on the phone with a stranger about such an important and weighty issue. There are many sample scripts online to read while on the call, though.

This one, released from Muslim Matters, was previously published on Bustle and thoroughly covers all of the bases:

 

Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a constituent of Representative _______/ Senator _________.

I’m calling because I’m concerned about President Donald Trump signing an executive order restricting immigration from Muslim majority countries and ending the Syrian refugee resettlement program.

This executive order goes against our shared American values of religious tolerance, diversity, and nondiscrimination. I’m calling to see if Rep. _________ / Senator ___________ plans to publicly oppose Trump’s decision to sign this executive order?

[If there are any questions, reiterate your concerns.] 

Yes, please express to Rep. ______/ Sen. ________ that Trump’s executive order doesn’t represent our values, and that I am asking him/her to take a principled, public stand against this kind of intolerance.

Thanks for your time.

 

If you believe the Muslim Ban is unconstitutional, now is the time to pick up the phone and stand in solidarity.