Three things you can do right now to help Maine immigrants targeted by Trump
Last week the Trump administration once again attempted to put in place a new travel ban targeting a set of majority-Muslim nations, and once again federal courts blocked the ban as unconstitutional.
Leaders of the Maine Immigrant Rights Coalition thanked the courts for the ruling.
“I feel encouraged knowing that this discriminatory ban won’t go into effect today,” said Mahmoud Hassan. “I am a Muslim and an immigrant from Somalia, one of the countries on President Trump’s target list. My community here in Maine has been paralyzed by fear that we might not be reunited with our friends and family who are desperately seeking a safer, better life for themselves and their children. All I want is for them to have the same opportunities that I, and millions of immigrants before me, have had.”
They also urged action, suggesting three concrete steps Mainers can take to stand up for their immigrant neighbors:
1. Show support for refugees from around the worlds and immigrants in our communities from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen today. Let them know they are welcome here. Take the time to hear their stories.
2. Educate your friends and family members about how refugees from around the world and immigrants from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen make a positive difference in our community. Let them know that you think the Muslim ban is wrong. Use the hashtag #MuslimBan to amplify the conversation on Twitter and Facebook
3. Contact Senator Susan Collins at (202) 224-2523 to ask her to cosponsor legislation, S.240, introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein to stop the Muslim ban. Call Senator Angus King (202) 224-5344 to thank him for already being a cosponsor of S.240 and ask him to do everything in his power to stop the Muslim ban now.
Photo via Jeff Kirlin.
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