key argument used by the Trump administration to justify its Muslim ban is that
since it allows for a waiver that individuals can apply for, the ban is not
truly a ban. Administration officials claim that consular officials working for
the State Department can issue waivers to people who meet the qualifications.
the idea of a waiver process is good,
there is little information publicly known about this process. Advocacy groups
and news organizations have been trying to find out information about the
process, but have continually been stonewalled by the government, leaving most
of the process in the dark. What is known about these waivers is troubling.
Despite the government’s statements that consular officials could approve the
waivers, according to State Department officials, consular staff can recommend
that an individual receive a waiver, but it’s up to Washington, D.C., to
approve it. Another concerning fact is the low percentage of individuals who
have been cleared for waivers – as little as 2.1 percent of applicants have
been cleared for waivers, and that does not guarantee them a visa; no one knows
how many of them have actually received visas.
people of faith, we cannot ignore the biblical call to welcome the stranger and
care for the most vulnerable among us. The people affected by this ban are
asking for a lifeline, and it is the role of Christians to respond to this call
by offering safety and compassion. This is why we must demand that the
government be more transparent about the waiver process and the number of
immigrants who actually benefit from this process.
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Demand Transparency and Oversight in Muslim Ban Waiver Process
Dear [Decision Maker],
As a person of faith, I am outraged by the Supreme Court's decision to uphold President Trump's Muslim ban. Immigrants seeking the safety and opportunity that can be found in the U.S. should not be banned based on their faith. The administration argued that the ban included a provision about a waiver process that would allow these immigrants to gain visas and entry into the U.S. However, not much is publicly known about this process, and what little information has been made available to the public is worrisome. The program does not seem to operate in the way stated in the court case, and only 2.1 percent of applicants have been cleared for a visa.I cannot ignore the biblical call to welcome the stranger and care for the most vulnerable among us. This is why we must demand that the government be more transparent about the waiver process and the number of immigrants who actually benefit from this process.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]