Sample letter to Canadian MPs regarding Trump's #muslimban
Are you wondering what you can do to fight Donald's Trump travel ban on members of the Muslim community and refugees? Do you want to do something to combat Islamophobia and racism here in Canada? You can start by writing a letter to your Member of Parliament to urge them to repeal the Canada-US Safe...
Are you wondering what you can do to fight Donald's Trump travel ban on members of the Muslim community and refugees? Do you want to do something to combat Islamophobia and racism here in Canada? You can start by writing a letter to your Member of Parliament to urge them to repeal the Canada-US Safe Third Country Agreement and publicly condemn the travel ban.
Dear [name of MP]
I am a resident of [riding] and I write to you with great concern.
The United States may be a different country, but recent developments since the inauguration of Donald Trump as president have serious consequences on many people in Canada.
Trump has chosen to follow politics of fear and division. The travel ban imposed since Friday's executive order unjustly targets members of the Muslim community. Not only is the ban unwarranted and an attack on the civil rights of many, it also perpetuates racism and Islamophobia. I cannot stand idle while members of the Muslim (or any other) community are so viciously attacked.
Since 2004, the Canada-United States Safe Third Country Agreement has been in effect. Adopted in the wake of 9/11, the agreement states that Canada and the US declare the other country safe, and that refugees must make their claim in the country where they land. Under this rule, a refugee trying to get to Canada through the US would first need to clear US refugee restrictions.
This policy has been opposed by refugee organizations and civil rights group since it was first presented. For starters, the United States has not been a safe country for all refugees, and the agreement limits who can claim for refugee status in Canada.
I ask you to repeal the Safe Third Country Agreement. Canada should have its own refugee policy. If many refugees will be banned from the United States because they are seeking safety for themselves and their families, then we have a responsibility to open our doors.
Mr. Morneau, will you publicly condemn the travel ban preventing Muslims and refugees from entering the United States? Will you take a stand against the blatant Islamophobia spewed by Trump in the United States?
As we have seen this weekend, Islamophobia and hate don't stop at borders. Five people have died, here in Canada, because of their Muslim faith.
I urge you to use your power as Finance Minister and member of the government in power to:
Repeal the Safe Third Country Agreement and make a statement that refugees are welcome here.
Publicly condemn the unjust travel ban imposed on Muslims and refugees in the United States.
Actively oppose Islamophobia by putting an end to specific federal legislation in Canada that attack racialized Muslims and refugees, including the Barbaric Cultural Practices Act and Bill C-51.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a strong statement regarding Trump's travel ban, but it needs to be backed up with critical policy changes. Sovereignty for Canada's refugee program is a necessary step towards opposing Trump's bombastic approach in the US.
Thank you for your attention and I look forward to your action.