Final week, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN-5) circulated a letter within the Home of Representatives that asks the Departments of Homeland Safety and State to carry the visa sanctions on Burma, Burundi, Cambodia, Eritrea, and Laos. The letter additionally asks the businesses to conduct a full evaluate of all visa sanctions. Home members can signal onto the letter till Friday, Sept. 17 earlier than it’s despatched to the businesses. Sturdy Congressional assist is critical to point out the Administration that they have to carry these visa sanctions and finish the immigration ban on Laos.
Name your member of Congress and inform them to affix Rep. Omar’s letter to DHS and State asking to carry the immigration ban on Laos and visa sanctions on African and different Southeast Asian international locations. The deadline for a member of Congress to affix is Friday, Sept. 17. You’ll find your member of Congress right here and use this script for a name or e-mail:
My title is _____, and I’m a constituent of Rep. ______. I urge Rep. _______ to affix Rep. Ilhan Omar’s letter to the Division of Homeland Safety and State asking the businesses to carry the visa sanctions on Burma, Burundi, Cambodia, Eritrea, and Laos. Through the Trump Administration, the Division of Homeland Safety escalated efforts to deport African and Southeast Asian immigrants by inserting a number of visa sanctions on African and Southeast Asian international locations. These arbitrary sanctions have separated and harmed households in the US, leading to a drastic enhance of removals of refugees and asylum seekers from Africa and Southeast Asia, with Cambodian removals seeing a 258% enhance between 2017 and 2018.
Moreover, the visa sanctions on Laos prevents the processing of all immigration visas for Hmong, Lao, and different Laotians looking for to immigrate to the US and has prevented US residents and lawful everlasting residents from rightfully sponsoring their households to the US. It basically has a whole, ethnic immigration ban that continues to be applied by DHS and State. This has devastated communities who’ve survived US-backed wars, violence, and genocide and face poverty, incarceration, and now, deportation whereas dwelling on this nation.
The letter calls on Secretary Mayorkas and Secretary Blinken to carry the sanctions on Burma, Burundi, Cambodia, Eritrea, and Laos and conduct a full evaluate of all 243(d) visa sanctions. I urge Rep. _____ to affix Rep. Omar’s letter by Friday, Sept. 17. Thanks.”