EXPAND THE TRAVEL BAN’S LIST OF ACCEPTED FAMILY MEMBERS

On June 28th, the Supreme Court allowed the Trump administration to partially reinstate their travel ban on visitors from six Muslim-majority countries–Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Iran, and Yemen. From now on, people from these countries will only be able to obtain a visa if they can prove they have ties to a US institution (like a workplace or a university) or to a parent, spouse, child, son- or daughter-in-law, or sibling in the US. This definition of “close family” makes an already cruel law even crueler, banning people from visiting close family members such as grandparents, cousins, aunts, and uncles.

The travel ban is clearly a Muslim ban in disguise. Analyses have shown that this ban would not have protected a single American from a terrorist attack over the past 20 years–and yes, this includes the 9/11 attacks. However, since the ban is in place for now until the Supreme Court hears the legal in October, we must do what we can to make this ban harmfully affect as few innocent lives as possible. Tell the State Department to expand their definition of close family to minimize the harm caused by this discriminatory and baseless executive order.

Call the State Department: 202-647-6575

SCRIPT (5 Calls)

Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a citizen from Springfield.

I’m calling to urge the State Department to expand the definition of “close family” exceptions for foreign nationals from the countries covered by the travel ban. Barring grandparents from visiting grandchildren has nothing to do with national security, and shows the cruel and discriminary nature of the ban.

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