Civil Rights Coalition Delivers 110,000 Petitions Urging Congress to Rescind Muslim Ban Immediately

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Washington – This morn­ing, a coali­tion of 15 orga­ni­za­tions deliv­ered a joint peti­tion with over 110,000 sig­na­tures to mem­bers of Con­gress call­ing for leg­is­la­tion to rescind the newest ver­sion of the Mus­lim Ban imme­di­ate­ly.

“We call on Con­gress today to rise to the chal­lenge of putting coun­try before pol­i­tics and to pro­tect the rights of all peo­ple liv­ing in the Unit­ed States by defend­ing the Con­sti­tu­tion,” the joint let­ter read, “and by reject­ing the ‘total and com­plete shut­down of Mus­lims enter­ing the Unit­ed States’ from for­ev­er being enshrined in his­to­ry books as the offi­cial pol­i­cy of the Unit­ed States.”

The coali­tion of orga­ni­za­tions includes: ACCESS, Amer­i­can-Arab Anti-Dis­crim­i­na­tion Com­mit­tee (ADC), Amer­i­can Civ­il Lib­er­ties Union (ACLU), Amnesty Inter­na­tion­al USA,
Arab Amer­i­can Insti­tute (AAI), Asian Amer­i­cans Advanc­ing Jus­tice (AAAJ), Coun­cil on Amer­i­can-Islam­ic Rela­tions (CAIR), Iran­ian Amer­i­can Bar Asso­ci­a­tion (IABA), Mus­lim Advo­cates, Mus­lim Pub­lic Affairs Coun­cil (MPAC), Nation­al Immi­gra­tion Law Cen­ter (NILC), NIAC Action, Nation­al Net­work for Arab Amer­i­can Com­mu­ni­ties (NNAAC), Pub­lic Affairs Alliance of Iran­ian Amer­i­cans (PAAIA), and South Asian Amer­i­cans Lead­ing Togeth­er (SAALT).

The peti­tion was deliv­ered to the offices of Sen­a­tor Chris Mur­phy (D‑CT), Sen­a­tor Mitch McConnell (R‑KY), Sen­a­tor Chuck Schumer (D‑NY), and Sen­a­tor Diane Fein­stein (D‑CA). Today also marks the day that the Sep­tem­ber 24 pres­i­den­tial Procla­ma­tion, com­mon­ly known as Mus­lim Ban 3.0, was set to go into effect.

To avoid a repet­i­tive cycle of new ver­sions of the Mus­lim Ban, the 15 orga­ni­za­tions are call­ing on Con­gress to “ful­fill their duties and imme­di­ate­ly pass leg­is­la­tion to rescind the uncon­sti­tu­tion­al Mus­lim Ban and make absolute­ly clear that such attempts to tar­get Mus­lims, or any­one on the basis of nation­al ori­gin, are unlaw­ful.

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South Asian Amer­i­cans Lead­ing Togeth­er (SAALT) is a nation­al, non­par­ti­san, non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion that fights for racial jus­tice and advo­cates for the civ­il rights of all South Asians in the Unit­ed States. Our ulti­mate vision is dig­ni­ty and full inclu­sion for all.

Con­tact:  Vivek Trive­di — vivek@saalt.org