January 2020

Three Years Later, Poligon Education Fund Continues to Condemn the Muslim Travel Ban

January 27, 2020

Three Years Later, Poligon Education Fund Continues to Condemn the Muslim Travel Ban
Washington, D.C. – Today marks the three-year anniversary of the first executive order implemented by the Trump Administration, which placed severe limits on people traveling to the United States from seven predominantly Muslim countries. Three years and several iterations later, the “Muslim Ban” continues to separate families in communities across the United States and the world.

Last week, President Trump confirmed that there will be an expansion to the Muslim Ban. The expanded list may include Belarus, Myanmar (also known as Burma), Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania. Any addition to the Muslim Ban will negatively impact Muslim communities and contribute to the already rising* anti-Muslim discrimination throughout the country. 

“It has been three years, and families that have been ripped apart by this un-American and discriminatory ban are still waiting for relief” Poligon President, Wardah Khalid, said. “This is a dark stain in our nation’s history. We need to stop the cycle of religious or ethnic discrimination in our immigration policies. Now is the time for Congress to speak out against the ban and pass the NO BAN Act to repeal it and prevent such a ban from being implemented against another community in the future. ” For Poligon’s previous statements surrounding the Muslim Ban, please click here.

* Dalia Mogaheed and Azka Mahmood, American Muslim Poll 2019: Predicting and Preventing Islamophobia: ISPU. (2020, January 22). Retrieved from https://www.ispu.org/american-muslim-poll-2019-predicting-and-preventing-islamophobia/

Condemn Trump’s Anti-Muslim Tweet

President Trump recently retweeted an Islamophobic post which portrayed leaders of the Democratic party in traditionally Islamic garb. The White House defended the President’s action by stating the image depicts that Democrats are on the side of terrorists. This message is harmful and dangerous for Muslim communities, as it promotes Islamophobia and an environment where physically and verbally attacking Muslims is acceptable. 

A few Members of Congress have spoken out but not nearly enough, setting the precedent that this sort of rhetoric is acceptable from the President and other elected officials. It’s not.

We need your voice: Tell Congress to speak out against the use of anti-Muslim hatred in political discourse!    

Call your Representative and Two Senators (call 202-224-3121) now and urge them to speak out against this bigoted rhetoric. 

Sample Calling Script:
Hello, my name is ______ and I’m a constituent of Senator/Representative _____. I’m calling to ask you to oppose the use of Islamophobic rhetoric or any sort of religious bigotry in political discourse. The President recently displayed on Twitter an Islamophobic image, seen by millions of his followers. This action must not be tolerated as it harms the Muslim and faith community, setting the precedent that this anti-Muslim rhetoric is acceptable. I urge Senator/Representative _____ to speak against these actions. Will the Senator/Representative do so?
Let us know how your advocacy went and feel free to ask us any questions by emailing us at info@poligonnational.org.

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The Poligon Team