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Poligon Education Fund Applauds House Passage of NO BAN Act

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 22nd, 2020
​Contact: info@poligonnational.org


Poligon Education Fund Applauds House Passage of NO BAN Act

Washington, D.C. – Poligon commends the House of Representatives for passing the National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants Act, or NO BAN Act today. The bill repeals the Muslim travel bans and imposes limitations on the President’s authority to suspend or restrict immigrants from entering the U.S. and prohibits religious discrimination in immigration-related decisions without statuatory basis. 

Poligon Board President, Wardah Khalid, issued the following statement:

“Today is a historic day. Over a year after the NO BAN Act was introduced, the House finally passed this important legislation. Innocent families have been separated for three and a half years due to this Islamophobic and racist ban, and it is encouraging to see American lawmakers take a step towards ending this cruel policy. This has been a monumental, multi-year effort by diverse advocates and everyday Americans working with Members of Congress to raise awareness about the issue, write the legislation, and gather co-sponsors. For some, this was the first time they ever engaged with Congress. 

“While I’m disappointed that the bill did not end up having more Republican support (discrimination against a faith group should not be a partisan issue), I’m pleased that it passed today. In this time of uncertainty, it is crucial that we come together and unite, rather than give into fear and divisive ideas. We look forward to working with the Senate on this legislation and continuing to build our community engagement with the political system to ensure that all people, regardless of background, are treated equally by the law and can live in prosperity.”

The Muslim Ban was President Donald Trump’s first action upon taking office. He made clear that his intentions were bigoted, claiming he wanted a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”

For Poligon’s previous statements surrounding the Muslim Ban, please click here.

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Poligon Education Fund is a national non profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to strengthening Muslim American engagement with Congress through research, education, and advocacy. Learn more at www.poligonnational.org.

Letter: Urging the Senate to Provide Funding for the Election and Census Count in the next COVID-19 Bill

Poligon and partners of Faithful Democracy sent a letter to the Senate urging them to provide funding for the general Elections and Census count in the next COVID-19 Package. States and local jurisdictions desperately need $3.6 billion in federal assistance to expand mail-in voting, make polling places safe for in-person voting, and increase online voter registration.  We urge passage of $400 million in additional funding to ensure a successful enumeration in the face of unprecedented disruptions to 2020 Census operations. 

Provide Funding for Elections and Census Letter

Letter: Urging Congress to include the Pandemic TANF Assistance Act in the next COVID-19 bill

Poligon and 170+ other advocacy groups sent a letter urging Congress to include the include the Pandemic TANF Assistance Act in the next COVID-19 bill. The bill would allow families can access flexible emergency assistance to cover groceries, utility bills, rent, and other basic necessities. 

Pandemic TANF Assistance Act Letter

Letter: Extension of Employment Authorization for DACA, TPS, and Other Work-Authorized Immigrants in 4th COVID-19 Legislative Package

Poligon and 183 organizations sent a letter to Senate leadership to include legislative language in the fourth COVID-19 legislative package that would direct U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to automatically, and at no cost, extend employment authorization documents (EADs) and the underlying status for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders, and all other work-authorized immigrants.  

It’s Finally Time to Pass the #NOBANAct!

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It’s been over a year since the House introduced the NO BAN Act (H.R. 2486, previously H.R. 2214), which would repeal the Muslim Ban. Due to Coronavirus, the House of Representatives delayed a vote on the legislation the week of March 9th. Finally, the House will be voting on the bill on July 22nd. Poligon has worked tirelessly with our partners to support the introduction and progression of the bill in the House and Senate.

Click here for resources on the Muslim Ban, including guides of what countries are currently restricted, ban exemptions, and waivers for entry. The Muslim Ban continues to separate tens of thousands of American families and violates our country’s constitutional promise of religious freedom and equal rights under the law. Congress must pass the NO BAN Act and #RepealTheBan!

We need your voice: Tell Congress to speak out against the Muslim Ban and to pass the NO BAN Act!

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Check if your Representative is a co-sponsor of the bill. Call your Representative (call 202-224-3121) now and urge them to end the Muslim Ban.

Sample Call Script:
Hello, my name is ______ and I’m a constituent of Representative _____. I’m calling to ask you to vote to pass the NO BAN Act. The Muslim Travel Ban does not represent American values and it violates our Constitution. I urge Representative _____ to speak against the Muslim Ban and repeal the ban by supporting the No Ban Act. Will the Representative do so?

Stay updated: Click here for resources on the Muslim Ban, which includes guides of what countries are currently restricted, ban exemption, and waivers for entry. 

Let us know how your advocacy went and feel free to ask us any questions by emailing us at info@poligonnational.org.

Poligon Education Fund Welcomes Upcoming House Vote to Repeal Trump’s Muslim Ban

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 14th, 2020
Contact: info@poligonnational.org

​Washington, D.C. – The House of Representatives announced Monday that it will be voting on the National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants Act or NO BAN Act, on Wednesday, July 22nd. The vote was delayed from the initial date in March, due to COVID-19. 

Poligon Board President, Wardah Khalid, issued the following statement: 

“Poligon Education Fund is excited to see the NO BAN Act finally being put to a vote in Congress. For over three and a half years, families have been separated due to this cruel and un-American ban. The NO BAN Act repeals those bans and places limitations the President’s authority to restrict immigration, as well as prohibit religious discrimination when issuing visas. The House of Representatives must pass the NO BAN Act next week. This is a chance to prove that America will not stand for racist policies that discriminate against individuals because of their ethnicity or religion.”

Poligon has worked tirelessly to advocate for this legislation since before it was even introduced, working in coalition to draft the bill, meeting with House members to educate and urge them to cosponsor the bill, and working in coalition to collect over 150,000 signatures in support of the NO BAN Act. Monday’s announcement is a win for civil rights and a major step towards ending this unjust travel ban.

Letter: Urging Congress to Direct More COVID-19 Testing into Underserved Communities

Poligon has joined 120+ organizations in signing a letter urging lawmakers to direct more COVID-19 testing into under served communities. Congress must increase COVID-19 testing nationwide to address the needs of our most vulnerable communities being hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic.

We urge leaders in Congress to make resources available to meet those who are most in need where they are, including allocating funding and creating incentives for:

  • Community health centers, hospitals, and nonprofit organizations in minority, low-income, and underserved communities to bring testing to those who wouldn’t otherwise have access
  • These organizations to use local infrastructure, community health workers and others in their workforce,and distribution channels to increase testing in these communities
  • Mobile testing units

Testing to Underserved Letter.pdf

Poligon Education Fund Marks 2nd Anniversary of SCOTUS Decision to Uphold the Muslim Ban

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 26, 2020
Contact: info@poligonnational.org

Poligon Education Fund Marks 2nd Anniversary of SCOTUS Decision to Uphold the Muslim Ban
Urges Congress to Pass the NO BAN Act 
Washington, D.C. – Today, June 26th, is the second anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Muslim Ban 3.0. As a result, family members living abroad have been unable to reunite with their loved ones in the U.S. because of their religion and ethnicity. While there have been several iterations of the ban, Muslim Ban 3.0 targets individuals from Muslim majority countries including Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen and offers a sham waiver process, denying 98% of applicants.

Poligon Board President Wardah Khalid issued the following statement on the anniversary:
“The hate-fueled Muslim Ban, which has now extended into an Africa Ban, was introduced by this administration as a symbol of racism, religious discrimination, and white supremacy. Three and a half years since the first Muslim and refugee ban was enacted, countless families remain separated due to this policy, and U.S. refugee resettlement numbers continue to drop to historic lows. Congress must end this immoral anti-Muslim and anti-Black ban by passing the NO BAN Act now.”

The NO BAN Act, introduced by Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA-27) in the House and Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) in the Senate, prohibits religious discrimination when issuing visas to immigrants seeking to travel to the United States of America. Poligon has worked tirelessly in coalition to introduce and push forward this legislation and looks forward to the day when this unethical and un-American ban is repealed. 

Poligon Education Fund is a non profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to strengthening Muslim American engagement with Congress through research, education, and advocacy. Learn more at www.poligonnational.org.

Urge Congress to Pass the NO BAN Act

Today, June 26th, is the second anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Muslim Ban 3.0. As a result, family members living abroad have been unable to reunite with their loved ones in the U.S. because of their religion and ethnicity. While there have been several iterations of the ban, Muslim Ban 3.0 targets individuals from Muslim majority countries including Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen and offers a sham waiver process, denying 98% of applicants. Congress must pass the NO BAN Act and #RepealTheBan!

We need your voice: Tell Congress to speak out against the Muslim Ban and to pass the NO BAN Act!

WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW:

  1. Sign our sponsored petition to send Congress a message to end Trump’s Muslim Ban and guarantee immigrants equal treatment under the law. Click here to sign the petition.
  2.  Call Congress to pass the NO BAN act: Call your Representative (call 202-224-3121) now and urge them end the Muslim Ban.
    1. Sample Call Script: Hello, my name is ______ and I’m a constituent of Senator/Representative _____. I’m calling to ask you to oppose the latest expansion to the Muslim Travel Ban and to vote to pass the NO BAN Act. The Muslim Travel Ban does not represent American values and it violates our Constitution. This ban must not be tolerated as it harms the Muslim and faith community. I urge Senator/Representative _____ to speak against the Muslim Ban and repeal the ban by supporting the No Ban Act. Will the Senator/Representative do so?
  3. Make a donation to help fight this discrimination: Become a donor so we can continue to increase Muslim American engagement on Capitol Hill. You can also make a bigger impact by sharing our donation page on your social media platform.
  4. Stay updated: Click here for resources on the Muslim Ban, which includes guides of what countries are currently restricted, ban exemption and waivers for entry. 

Call Congress to Pass the Justice in Policing Act

For weeks now, racial justice protests opposing police brutality have occurred across the country. Congress must take action. These acts of violence are inexcusable as are the discrimination and institutional racism that have targeted Black people since even before the inception of this nation.

On Thursday, the House will be voting on H.R.7120, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, to hold law enforcement officials accountable for their actions. The bill bans chokeholds and “no-knock” warrants, ends racial and religious profiling, eliminates “qualified immunity” for police officers, collects data on police misconduct and use-of-force, limits transfer of military equipment to law enforcement departments, requires body-worn cameras, and classifies lynching as a hate crime. 

We urge Senators to support the Senate version of the Justice in Policing Act, S.3912.

Although this bill will not resolve all of our country’s problems with policing, it is a vital first step. And we need your help to make sure it passes.

We need your voice: Tell Congress to hold law enforcement officials accountable for their actions and implement policies to end these injustices. 

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Check if your Representative co-sponsored the bill or if your Senator has co-sponsored the Senate version of the bill. Call your Representative and Senator if they have not co-sponsored the bill (call 202-224-3121).

Sample Call Script:
Hi, my name is ________ and I am your constituent calling to urge you to support H.R.7120, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, to hold law enforcement officials accountable for their actions. We need policies to stop police misconduct and to end anti-Black police brutality. I urge Representative _____ to support the passage of this bill. Will the 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.

Stay active,
Zayn Hasan, Legislative Fellow