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Week of Feb. 20: Calls to Action from our Partners
From Churches for Middle East Peace:
Call to Action: Tell Congress, “Don’t Move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem!”
Please share CMEP’s most recent action with your networks! To take action go to:
Join CMEP in asking Congress to speak out against moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Since the beginning of the yearCongress has introduced multiplebills seeking to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. This would change over 50 years of U.S. foreign policy. Prior to his inauguration President Trump said that one of the first things he would do is move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem. Now theWhite House says that they are “at the very early stages of that decision making process.” Jerusalem is important to Jews, Christians and Muslims. Its final status needs to be negotiated by Israelis and Palestinians with the support of our nation and the international community.” For more on CMEP’s position read Executive Director Mae Elise Cannon’s letter to President Trump urging him to not move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.
From Latin America Working Group:
the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously decided to maintain a temporary hold on the implementation of President Trump's executive order that bans refugees and people from certain Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. This is a crucial step forward in defending American laws and values. Yet the legal battle, and our work for justice, is only beginning. This isn’t who we are as a nation. It’s not what we want to become. Sign the petition today to urge Congress to stand for compassionate immigration and refugee policies and to END unjust and unreasonable executive orders. Click here>>
Less than one week into his presidency, Donald Trump began enforcing his anti-immigrant and anti-refugee agenda by signing three executive orders. Collectively, these orders direct funds for building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, increase detention of immigrants and possible asylum seekers at our border, aggressively expand interior enforcement within the United States, end federal funding for sanctuary cities, grind U.S. refugee resettlement to a halt, and deny protection to some of t
he most vulnerable individuals and families around the globe.
These actions threaten the basic civil and human rights of our communities as well as individuals and families seeking refuge at our borders. They undermine our fundamental American values of welcoming immigrants and refugees, who truly make our nation great. Moreover, these orders do NOT constitute common-sense spending or security measures.
We reject language that criminalizes immigrants and refugees, and slams our nation’s doors in their faces without considering their rights. No matter their status, they deserve respect and a chance at a better life.
President Trump has failed to mention that in our own hemisphere, hundreds of thousands of children, women, and men are being forced to flee their homes due to horrific levels of violence, corruption, impunity, and poverty in the Northern Triangle countries of Central America—El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. The UN Refugee Agency has said that the majority of them qualify for refugee protection. As violence continues to worsen in their home countries and as they search for protection, walls and refugee bans are NOT the answer.
Individuals around the world—and especially vulnerable children and families—deserve to be welcomed and protected, not vilified and banned. If you agree that we should act on compassion, not hate, sign the petition to tell your members of Congress to:
- Oppose immigration measures and executive orders that spread fear and threaten already vulnerable children, men, and women arriving at our border and within our communities.
- Stand by immigrant communities by supporting access to counsel and sanctuary efforts.
- Support the reinstatement of refugee admissions and resettlement, including in-country processing programs for children and teenagers at risk in Central America.
- Support legislation that promotes comprehensive immigration reform.
These executive orders threaten human rights and go against our American values. Together we must SPEAK OUT to denounce these actions and stand in solidarity with immigrants and refugees.