Immigration

Urge the Senate to Provide Relief to Communities Impacted by COVID-19

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​Negotiations between Congress and the White House for a fifth COVID-19 relief package failed to reach a compromise. Despite, the United States having surpassed over 160,000 deaths due to COVID-19 and a tremendous economic impact on vulnerable communities.

Right now, the Senate is in recess until September 7th. The Senate must immediately pass the COVID-19 relief package and ensure families are protected amidst this pandemic. We urge the Senate to secure these provisions approved by the House in its HEROES Act are included in the next COVID-19 relief package:

Ensure access to food: 

  • Increase SNAP’s maximum benefit by 15 percent from June 1, 2020, through September 30, 2021
  • An increase for all SNAP households averaging about $25 per person per month
  • Raise the minimum SNAP benefit from $15 per month to $30.

Ensure immigrant-inclusion: 

  • Access to free COVID-19 testing and treatment by uninsured people, regardless of their immigration status.
  • Immigrant taxpayers receive stimulus checks from previous relief bills. 
  • An extension of work permits and protection from deportation for immigrants

Ensure safe voting access: 

  • Allocate $3.6 billion for protective equipment and supplies needed to manage the 2020 elections, and protect voters’ and poll workers’ health.

We need your voice: Tell the Senate to provide relief to families impacted by COVID-19.

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Call your Senator to Provide Relief to Communities Impacted by COVID-19 (Immigrant Inclusion)

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The United States has surpassed over 100,000 deaths due to COVID-19 and the poverty rate is expected to rise dramatically to 13.3% of Americans unemployed. While the House passed the H.R.6800, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act, a bill that would address many challenges faced by families and vulnerable communities, consideration for a next stimulus package has been stalled in the Senate. We urge the Senate to ensure these provisions approved by the House in its HEROES Act are included in the next COVID-19 relief package before the July 4 recess: 
Ensure access to food: 

  • ​Increase SNAP’s maximum benefit by 15 percent from June 1, 2020, through September 30, 2021
  • An increase for all SNAP households averaging about $25 per person per month
  • ​Raise the minimum SNAP benefit from $15 per month to $30.

Ensure immigrant-inclusion: 

  • Access to free COVID-19 testing and treatment by uninsured people, regardless of their immigration status.
  • Immigrant taxpayers receive stimulus checks from previous relief bills. 
  • An extension of work permits and protection from deportation for immigrants

Ensure safe voting access: 

  • Allocate $3.6 billion for protective equipment and supplies needed to manage the 2020 elections, and protect voters’ and poll workers’ health.

We need your voice: Tell the Senate to provide relief to families impacted by COVID-19.

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Check if your Senator supports this bill.  Call your Senator if they have not supported the bill (call 202-224-3121).
Sample Call Script:
Hi, my name is ________ and I am your constituent calling to urge you to ensure these provisions in H.R. 6800 are included in the next COVID-19 package: ensure access to food, safe voting access, and ensure immigrants are included to receive relief. I urge Senator _____ to support these provisions of the bill and to include them in the next COVID-19 relief package before the July 4th recess. Will the Senator do so?
Let us know how your advocacy went and feel free to ask us any questions by emailing us at info@poligonnational.org.

Put a STOP to Family Separation at the Border #KeepFamiliesTogether

Help Immigrant Children Separated from Parents at the Border!

Since May, more than 2,500 children have been separated from their families at the border as a result of the administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy.

Furthermore, Trump is proposing to force immigrant families at the border seeking asylum to have to choose between family separation or family detention.

This CANNOT go on any longer.

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Representative Jerry Nadler (D-NY-10) have introduced the Keep Families Together Act (S. 3036/H.R. 6315) to prevent the Department of Homeland Security from separating immigrant families detained at the U.S. border.

                            WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW

Call your two SENATORS and REPRESENTATIVE NOW to SUPPORT the Keep Families Together Act.

Separating children from families is inhumane and a betrayal of our values as Muslim Americans. We need to make meaningful progress to fix our broken immigration system.

  1. Don’t know who represents you in Congress? Find out who they are and what number to call HERE. (Every American has two Senators and one Representative). 
  2. Call all three of them using the scripts below to guide you.

Sample Calling Script:
Hi, my name is [YOUR NAME] and I’m a constituent of Senator/Representative ____________. I’m calling to ask that the Senator/Representative support and co-sponsor S. 3036/H.R. 6315, the Keep Families Together Act, to stop the separation of immigrant families at the U.S. border. This practice is immoral, harms innocent children, and is a betrayal of our values as Americans. Trump’s zero-tolerance policy, including his subsequent executive order encouraging family detention, is unacceptable, and Congress must act in order to ensure due process for asylum seekers and keep families together. Will the Senator/Representative support the bill to keep immigrant families together?

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

Stay active,

Afif, Ayesha, Nadia, Wardah, and Farah

Say NO To Mike Pompeo

Take Action!

This is CIA Director Mike Pompeo.

He has been nominated to be US Secretary of State.

We CANNOT let that happen.

Call your two SENATORS NOW to OPPOSE Pompeo’s nomination.

What’s going on?
Tomorrow, on April 12th, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a confirmation hearing for Mike Pompeo, the nominee for US Secretary of State, the chief adviser to the President on foreign affairs.
Who is Mike Pompeo?
Mike Pompeo is the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and a former member of Congress representing the 4th District of Kansas. 

What is Pompeo’s attitude toward Islam and Muslims?
Pompeo in a speech to his constituents in Wichita, KS in 2014:

“The threat to America is from people who deeply believe that Islam is the wayand the light and the only answer. [Muslims] abhor Christians and will continue to press against us.”

Pompeo calling Muslim Americans “complicit” to acts of terrorism after the Boston Marathon Bombing in 2013:

“Instead of responding [to terrorist attacks], silence has made these Islamic leaders across America potentially complicit in these acts, and more importantly still, in those that may well follow…It casts doubt upon the commitment to peace by adherents to the Muslim faith.”

Pompeo maintains very strong relationships with anti-Muslim extremists and hate groups including Brigitte Gabriel of ACT for America and Frank Gaffney, Jr. of the Center for Security Policy

WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW

Call your TWO SENATORS today and urge them to OPPOSE Pompeo’s Nomination!

Sample Calling Script:
Hello, my name is _________ and I’m a constituent of Senator ________. I’m calling because I oppose the nomination of Mike Pompeo for US Secretary of State. Pompeo’s recorded history of anti-Muslim sentiments and statements, including blatantly calling Muslim Americans ‘a threat to America’ and ‘complicit’ to acts of terrorism, is beyond disturbing and extremely unfitting for any public office, let alone a position responsible for promoting global peace and stability and cultivating relationships with diverse leaders and nations. Pompeo also has strong, open relationships with documented anti-Muslim extremists and hate groups responsible for propagating alternative facts and misinformation and breeding division. I urge the Senator to oppose Mike Pompeo’s nomination for US Secretary of State. Will the Senator oppose Pompeo’s nomination for US Secretary of State?

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

Stay active,

Afif, Ayesha, Nadia, Wardah, and Farah

Tell Congress: Muslims, Refugees, and Dreamers Are Welcome Here

It has been almost a year since President Trump issued his first executive order to restrict the entry of Muslims into the United States. Although all versions of the ban have been ruled to be discriminatory by multiple courts, Muslim Ban 3.0 is currently in effect and is causing heartbreak for American families and their relatives abroad.

The Trump administration has also cracked down on refugee admissions by instituting more burdensome screening requirements, lowering the United States’ annual refugee cap to 45,000, and proposing more limits on family reunification.

Meanwhile, Congress and the White House continue to stall on a solution for the 800,000 Dreamers who have lived in the United States since they were children after President Trump chose to discontinue DACA protections. Over 120 DACA recipients lose their status every day, and this number is expected to skyrocket after March 5th.

It’s up to you to help Congress uphold American values of pluralism and equal rights for all – and there are many ways you can take action!

What You Can Do Now

Meet with your members of Congress:
Members of Congress will be back in their home states from January 22nd to January 28th. Schedule a local Congressional office visit or attend a town hall meeting to directly let them know where you stand. For more information, check out our resources on advocacy.

Make phone-calls:
Click here to find your Senators and Representatives and call their offices today.

Sample Calling Scripts:
Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a constituent of Senator/Representative ___________. I strongly oppose President Trump’s continued Muslim bans and restrictions on refugee resettlement. I urge you to do everything in your power to see that the administration will resettle at least the 45,000 refugees they have set as the cap for 2018. Will Senator/Representative ___________ stand up for American values and oppose policies that discriminate against people based on their religious and ethnic background?

Hi, my name is _______ and I’m a constituent of Senator/Representative ___________. I’m calling because I believe that the hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients should stop being used as political bargaining chips by President Trump and members of Congress. Will Senator/Representative ___________ support a bipartisan legislative solution that protects Dreamers?

Speak out on social media:
You can also amplify your message online to your social networks. Here are some sample tweets:

  • America is stronger because of our diversity. Today, and every day, we say #NoMuslimBanEver #RefugeesWelcome #StandWithDreamers
  • On the one year anniversary of the Muslim and refugee ban, tell your representatives in Congress to proclaim: #NoMuslimBanEver #RefugeesWelcome #WeAreAllAmerica
  • Despite new changes to the ban, Trump’s original intent remains the same: he wants to ban Muslims & refugees from entering the US. It remains discriminatory and immoral. #NoMuslimBanEver #RefugeesWelcome

Send a postcard to Congress:
Submit this form to have a postcard message opposing the travel and refugee bans delivered to your members of Congress.

Attend a grassroots event:
Poligon is co-sponsoring the January 27th mobilization in Washington, DC commemorating a year of resistance to the Muslim and refugee bans.

The evening before, Poligon will provide poster-making supplies and opportunities to become more involved this year at #CantBanThis, our first anniversary celebration. Get your tickets here.

Can’t make it to DC? Communities across the country are organizing events centered around the Muslim ban anniversary. Find one near you here.

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

Stay active,
Afif, Nadia, Ayesha, Wardah, and Farah