Emergency Call: Stand Against the Muslim and Refugee Ban

AUDIO RECORDING: EMERGENCY CALL TO STAND AGAINST THE MUSLIM AND REFUGEE BAN

Call on Monday, January 30, 2017 at 9pm (ET) / 6pm (PT)

Last week, Trump signed an Executive Order halting all refugee admissions and barring people from many predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States. This virulent and anti-immigrant Executive Order undermines everything that America stands for. To explain how you can resist, several of the leading national organizations in this space are hosting a planning call.

They will explain WHAT the Executive Orders are, WHY they’re unconstitutional and illegal, HOW you can push your Senators to restore justice, and answer your questions.

 
 

DOWNLOAD THE PRESENTATION FROM THE CALL

Download the .PDF presentation from the emergency planning call used during the discussion with Indivisible and our partners on what the Executive Order mean and how you can push your members of Congress to stand up and resist.

 
 

[SCRIPT] ASK YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS TO OPPOSE THE MUSLIM AND REFUGEE BAN

Your Senator Opposes the Muslim and Refugee Ban: Now, Tell Them How They Can Stop It

There's no reason that the Senate should be conducting business as usual while our basic values are under attack. Senators have powerful tools to delay and stop legislation, and they should be using them. If your Senator has taken a stance against the Muslim and refugee bans, that's greatbut they can do more. Here's the script to let your Senator know that you want them to do everything in their power to stop this odious ban.

SAMPLE CALL DIALOGUE

Caller: Good morning/afternoon. I’m calling about President Trump’s Executive Order to halt refugee admissions and ban citizens from several Muslim countries from entering the U.S.

Staffer: Thank you for calling! Senator Bob opposes this Executive Order.

Caller: Good. I’m calling to say that if Senator Bob truly believes, as I do, that this is a national crisis and a threat to fundamental American values, then he needs to take action to stop it. That means committing to withhold consent on Senate business, including scheduling votes on nominees, until the ban has been lifted, and committing to filibuster any bill that comes to the floor UNLESS it’s a bill dedicated to ending this ban. Will he commit to do this?

Staffer: The Senator hasn’t taken a position on procedural issues. But he has made a strong statement objecting to the Executive Order.

Caller: That’s great, but it’s not enough to oppose it. Senator Bob needs to use every tool in his power to stop it. Will he commit to withhold consent on Senate business and use the filibuster to stop other legislation if necessary?

Staffer: The Senator is considering different options.

Caller: There’s no reason that the Senate should be conducting business as usual when Trump is blatantly violating the constitution and families are being ripped apart. I expect Senator Bob to act to uphold our values by taking every step he can to stop this Executive Order.

NOTE: Some staffers may ask you to explain what “withholding consent” means. Tell them this: For Senate business to proceed normally, Senate leadership relies on universal agreement by Senators to move forward on procedural matters. This is called universal consent. If any individual Senator withholds consent, it triggers a delay as the leadership has to initiate a time-consuming process in order to move forward. This means that business in the Senate slows down significantly and it will greatly hamper Trump’s ability to move forward on any other legislative priorities.

 

What to Say to Your Representative in the House

SAMPLE CALL DIALOGUE

Staffer: Congressman Bob’s Office! How can I help you?

Caller: Good morning/afternoon. I’m a constituent of Congressman Bob’s and I’m calling to ask what his position is on President Trump’s Executive Order halting refugee admissions and banning muslims.

  • OPTION 1: OPPOSES BAN

Staffer: The Congressman hasn’t taken a position on procedural issues. But he has made a strong statement objecting to the Executive Order.

Caller: Great! I’m so glad to hear it. In that case, I’m calling to ask that Congressman Bob co-sponsor HR 724, the Statue of Liberty Values (SOLVE) Act. This bill would nullify President Trump's unconstitutional and discriminatory executive order, and prevent funding for implementation of the order.

Staffer: Thank you for your message, I’ll pass it on to the Congressman.

Caller: Thank you. I consider this issue to be tremendously important and I’ll be watching to see if Congressman Bob is doing everything he can to stop this unconstitutional Executive Order.

  • OPTION 2: SUPPORTS BAN

Staffer: Yes, the Congressman believes that more restrictive immigration controls are necessary to respond to the threat of terrorism. (etc, etc)

Caller: I’m deeply disappointed to hear that. This ban is a violation of our fundamental American values and everything that our nation stands for. This ban will tear families apart and hurt the most vulnerable people in the world. And it will also be a huge loss to America, which has always benefited from diversity and immigration.

Staffer: Thank you for your message, I’ll pass it on to the Congressman.

Caller: Thank you. I hope that Congressman Bob will reconsider his position and will publicly stand up to Trump on this unconstitutional, hateful Executive Order.

  • OPTION 3: WORD SALAD / NO POSITION

Note: As of 1/31/2017, many Members of Congress were still refusing to take a clear position on the ban. They have instead issued neutral or unclear statements, seeking to avoid giving a public comment. As a constituent, you are entitled to clear answers as to where they stand.

Staffer: The Congressman is monitoring the implementation of the ban.

Caller: What does that mean?

Staffer: The Congressman believes that we must strike a balance between safety and our values.

Caller: Can you give me a yes or no answer on whether Congressman Bob supports his ban?

Staffer: The Congressman is monitoring the implementation of the ban in order to reach a decision.

Caller: This ban was announced several days ago, and Congressman Bob has had plenty of time to reach a position. He owes it to his constituents to give us a clear answer on where he stands.

Staffer: I’ll pass that message on to the Congressman.

Caller: Thank you, and let him know that I am deeply disappointed that he is unwilling to speak out on an Executive Order that’s clearly unconstitutional and is a violation of our most basic values as Americans.