ACTION: Fight the #MuslimBan

President Trump's order slamming shut America's doors to refugees fleeing war and violence is unconstitutional and immoral. While the ACLU and others fight the order in court, we're going to make sure every *single member of Congress is on record* on the order. This is important for several reasons:

  • Some members of Congress are discussing introducing legislation to counter the president's order, and getting a good "whip count" of Congress will set the stage to fight for passage. 

  • Senators Duckworth and Durbin of Illinois have called for an investigation into reports that some Customs & Border Protection officials are refusing to enforce valid court orders pertaining to the executive order.

  • We cannot let any member remain silent or ambivalent on this issue. We must be on the right side of history against such immoral action.

PLEASE CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVES IN CONGRESS AND USE THE FOLLOWING SCRIPTS & STEPS

1.  Look up your elected official's information and position in our official tracker.  Please note that so far, ours is the only complete tracker out there that catalogs both House and Senate with contact info and links to their positions. Using another tool that simply looks up your members of Congress isn't enough. Good action comes from informed action, so take a few minutes, look up your state delegation and *read their statements* so you can discuss the issue with their office. 

 

2.  Call their offices. Begin with the DC number and if those are full mailboxes or busy, click on the link to their website and begin calling district offices as well. For convenience (and because we're headquartered in Illinois), contact information for the Illinois delegation is provided below. 

3.  Use the following scripts as a guide (please note that the tracker is updated on a rolling basis, so if a staffer says the position is different than from what's in the tracker, let us know at contact@actionforabettertomorrow.org):

IF YOUR ELECTED OFFICIAL IS MARKED AS "AGAINST"

Hi, my name is X and I am a constituent. I want to thank Senator/Representative for their statement against President Trump's immoral #MuslimBan. It is imperative that we speak out against such awful policies. Not only is it being challenged in court as violating the law, but it's also being incompetently implemented and causing chaos. Thank the Representative/Senator for me for speaking out and I trust they will continue to be a strong check and balance on executive power as this issue develops. 

IF YOUR ELECTED OFFICIAL IS MARKED AS "HEDGING"

Hi, my name is X and I am a constituent. I want to express my concern regarding Senator/Representative's statement on President Trump's immoral #MuslimBan. It is imperative that we speak out against such awful policies. Not only is it being challenged in court as violating the law, but it's also being incompetently implemented and causing chaos. I found their statement too mild and disappointing. In the face of such bad policy, a stronger position is needed. I hope they will join their colleagues and be a strong check and balance on executive power as this issue develops. 

IF YOUR ELECTED OFFICIAL IS MARKED AS "SUPPORTS"

Hi, my name is X and I am a constituent. I want to express my outrage regarding Senator/Representative's support of President Trump's immoral #MuslimBan. Not only is it being challenged in court as violating the law, but it's also being incompetently implemented and causing chaos. I was shocked to learn that Senator/Representative supports the move. This is not who we are as Americans. I urge Senator/Representative X to reconsider their position on this issue. I know it will affect my vote and the votes of others in my family.

IF YOUR ELECTED OFFICIAL IS MARKED AS "NO STATEMENT"

Hi, my name is X and I am a constituent. Has Senator/Representative X released a statement on the President's refugee order yet?

IF YES:  Please direct me to the statement (you can ask for a summary if it's a support/against and then adapt one of the scripts above)

IF NO:  I don't understand why Senator/Representative has yet to issue a statement. Not only is it being challenged in court as violating the law, but it's also being incompetently implemented and causing chaos. Some are calling it a potential constitutional crisis, and yet Senator/Representative is silent? He/She wasn't elected to stay silent but to act. I expect to see a strong statement against this #MuslimBan immediately. This is not who we are as Americans. I urge Senator/Representative X to let us know their position on this issue. I know it will affect my vote and the votes of others in my family.

IMPORTANT: Report any changes in position to contact@actionforabettertomorrow.org so we can ensure our official tracker remains as accurate and up-to-date as possible! 

THIS IS ONLY DAY ONE OF OUR ACTION ON THIS ISSUE. MAKE SURE TO CLICK "EMAIL SIGNUP" AT THE TOP OF THE SITE IF YOU'RE NOT ON ABT'S EMAIL LIST TO KEEP THE MOMENTUM GOING! 


ABT is headquartered in Illinois. Here is the Illinois delegation. If you're not in Illinois, use our tracker tool for your state here.