Action of the day: support the Muslim Public Affairs Council

The Muslim Public Affairs Council supports the civil rights of Muslims in the US and works to dispel Islamophobic stereotypes.  They’re playing an important role in resisting Trump’s baseless refugee and visa bans.  Head to their site to learn more about their work or donate to support them.  And if you’re Muslim and interested in entering public service, check out their excellent Congressional Leadership Development Program.

Article of the day: Trump expected to order ban on refugee admissions to the US

According to Reuters, Trump plans to sign a series of executive orders later this week temporarily halting the admission of all refugees to the US, and barring citizens of numerous Muslim-majority countries from getting US visas.  The affected countries include Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.  Both of these actions appear to be motivated by Islamophobia rather than any legitimate policy concern.  Over the next several days, I’ll share links to organizations working against these policies.

Article of the day: Obama has dismantled a 9/11-era registry aimed at Muslims

As The Atlantic reports,

The Department of Homeland Security will take apart the vestiges of a controversial program that was used to register and track visitors from Muslim-majority countries, a move which will make it more difficult for Donald Trump to instate a registry system for Muslims once he takes office next month.

The change, which comes just four weeks before the end of President Obama’s last term, removes the skeleton of a program that hasn’t been in use since 2011. When it was active, the “special registration” program—the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System, or NSEERS—had two parts, and applied only to people from 25 countries named by DHS. Twenty-four of them were Muslim-majority countries…

The complete dismantling of NSEERS doesn’t prevent Trump from creating a new program to track people from Muslim-majority countries. But nor is it only a symbolic rejection of similar programs from the outgoing president. Leaving the program in place would have given Trump a turnkey registry in waiting.

“DHS ceased use of NSEERS more than five years ago, after it was determined the program was redundant, inefficient and provided no increase in security,” a spokesperson for the agency said Thursday. “The intervening years have shown that NSEERS is not only obsolete, but that its use would divert limited personnel and resources from more effective measures.”

Action of the day: support Rep. Suzan DelBene’s ban on a Muslim registry

Call your representative today and ask them to support this important bill just proposed by Rep. Suzan DelBene.

Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) introduced the No Religious Registry Act (H.R. 6382) to ensure individuals of all faiths are protected from the establishment of a national religious registry.

“President-elect Donald Trump is breaking his promise to be a President for all Americans by supporting the creation of a Muslim registry. This kind of xenophobic and hateful rhetoric has no place in our government,” DelBene said. “We cannot allow our country to disregard the civil liberties enshrined in the Constitution. My bill would prohibit the administration from violating the constitutional rights of Americans because everyone should be treated equally under our laws.”

DelBene’s bill would prohibit the Attorney General, Secretary of Homeland Security and any United States government official from establishing or utilizing a registry for the purposes of classifying individuals on the basis of religious affiliation. The legislation would cover U.S. nationals, U.S. visa applicants and aliens lawfully present in the United States.