Follow Up Information on the Muslim Ban 2.0
Sample Script 1
Script for Senator/Congressperson who has spoken out against the order:
Hello, my name is [name] and I'm a constituent living in [City, zip code]. I’d like to thank the Senator/Congressperson for her/his statements regarding the President’s newest executive order—I firmly believe that its intention is still to ban Muslims from entering the country and that it’s unconstitutional. I am calling to ask the senator to go further and withhold consent for every procedural move on the floor for every remaining nominee until the White House rescinds this Executive Order. We need the Democrats in the Senate to work as a unified force to resist what Trump is doing. As citizens, we've been out in the streets, doing all we can. We need the Democrats in Congress to back us up with unified resistance.
Sample Script 2
Script for Senator/Congressperson who has not issued a statement.
Hello, my name is [name] and I'm a constituent living in [City, zip code]. I believe that the President’s revised executive order is still intended to ban Muslims from entering the country, and that it’s unconstitutional. I think it makes our country less safe rather than more safe. I am calling to ask the Senator to bravely speak out against this unconstitutional Executive Order. I find it unacceptable that the Senator hasn't taken a position. I’ll be notifying my friends, family, and local newspaper that our Senator doesn’t think it’s his/her job to represent us or actually respond to her constituents’ concerns.
Sample Script 3
Script for Senator/Congressperson who has issued a statement in support of all or part of the Executive Order.
Hello, my name is [name] and I'm a constituent living in [City, zip code]. I believe that the President’s revised executive order is still intended to ban Muslims from entering the country, and I can’t understand how the Senator/Congressperson could support something as discriminatory and unconstitutional as this Executive Order. I hope that the Senator will consider revising his/her position in response to his/her consituents' deep concerns, and not be afraid to stand against his/her party for the sake of what is right. I will remember the Senator's decision in discussions with my neighbors and community members during the next election.
Summaries of a few opinions on whether or not the new travel ban makes us safer.
-Michael Hayden, former director of NSA and the CIA under President George W. Bush.
Mr. Hayden says that this policy endangers Americans both at home and fighting abroad, since groups such as Isis can point to it to show that there is a war between Islam and the West, meaning more moderate Muslims will become radicalized. Sources: Global News & Washington Post
-William Owens, the father of William “Ryan” Owens, the Navy Seal who was killed in the operation in Yemen in January.
Because the raid seemed to have lost the element of surprise, Mr. Owens questions the Muslim Ban’s effect on the raid. The first Muslim Ban was released the day before that raid, and Owens wonders if it might have altered the minds of the Yemeni allies on the ground with whom the US troops were working, which could potentially explain why the supposedly covert raid was compromised and the soldiers were immediately met with armed militants. Could this just be a real-life example of what Michael Hayden meant? Source: Miami Herald
-Neal Katyal, former acting US solicitor general under President Barack Obama.
Mr. Katyal, one of the lead attorneys for Hawaii's suit against the revised travel ban, and former acting US solicitor general, points out that for the last ban, the President said if it had been introduced with a roll-out, it would allow "bad dudes" to come into the country. The fact that it now includes allows ten day roll out, according to Katyal, "underscores a lack of a national security justification here--this isn't about protecting us from bad guys rushing into the country, this is about politics." Source: The Rachel Maddow Show