What Can I do to Help?

On January 27, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order entitled, “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry in to the United States.” The order sparked feelings of anger and fear in millions of people throughout the nation and abroad. These feelings quickly transformed into a strong desire to help. In response, we created the following list of specific actions you can take to support immigrants and challenge your local, state, and federal officials to do the same.

  1. Schedule a meeting with your local city or county officials and demand a declaration as a sanctuary space for immigrants. (Contact us for a template “Request to be a Sanctuary City”)
  2. Contact your local law enforcement agency and inquire into their procedures when encountering undocumented immigrants. Make a statement that you do not support the referral of undocumented immigrants to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Find out more about ICE detainers here: https://www.aclu.org/files/assets/issue_brief_-_what_ice_isnt_telling_you_about_detainers.pdf

Support the placement, employment, and education of refugees throughout the nation. Here are some organizations: HIAS, ICNA Relief, International Rescue Committee, Catholic Charities, and more. Here are some ideas:

  1. Teach an ESL class
  2. Assist with local public transportation or provide pick-up and drop-off. It can be difficult for refugees to get a driver’s license and/or vehicle
  3. Hire a refugee or help them find a job.
  4. Donate cash or in-kind items. Most local refugee aid organizations have a list of items needed such as the following: http://catholiccharitiescamden.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Refugee-Donations-poster-V4.pdf

(202) 224-3121* Sample Script: “I’m your constituent from [City, State], and I support refugee resettlement in the U.S. I am strongly opposed to the announcement expected from President Trump that would slash refugee admissions, grind all resettlement to a halt, stop resettling refugees from certain countries, and preference religious minorities. This discriminatory announcement flies in the face of core American values and this country’s founding principles. It does not reflect the welcome for refugees I see in my community every day. Please urge President Trump to abandon this plan and do everything in your power to stop this announcement.”

 

Now more than ever, Muslims can feel isolated, demonized, and scared. Show your support by visiting them in their sacred space. Friday prayer service is peak time and is usually held at 1 pm local time. Contact your local mosque and ask how you can show additional support.

To dispel the misconceptions about the immigrant experience and about Muslims, break down the barriers and create a safe space for open dialogue. Here are some ideas:

  1. Invite local refugees and your friends and family to break bread together. This way, local refugees can make valuable, real connections with the community. Also, friends and family can connect to the refugee experience and directly help.
  2. Create an inter-faith dialogue in the comfort of your home. Invite members of different faiths to come together, break bread, and discuss ways they can support the fight for immigrants.
  3. Invite an immigration attorney to educate friends and family on the Executive Order and its implications. He/she can answer questions about the visa process, challenges facing immigrants, and ways to support.
    1. Submit a comment supporting immigrants on the White House Facebook page: Facebook.com/WhiteHouse or submit an electronic message at whitehouse.gov/contact.
    2. Tweet @realDonaldTrump @WhiteHouse, @POTUS and @ your Senators/Representatives the following: “.@[HANDLE], my community stands  w/refugees! Support resettlement for ALL refugees! #RefugeesWelcome

Join the legal fight—in a real and substantial way—by adding your name as someone impacted by the order. And make no mistake—if you’re Muslim or a friend or ally to Muslims, then you’ve been directly or indirectly impacted by this violation of the First Amendment. https://act.mpowerchange.org/sign/join-ban-lawsuit/?t=1&referring_akid=125.94148.WpSD3R

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