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Call Senate Democrats: Don't cave to right-wing fearmongering after Paris and Beirut

Right-wing extremists are using last week's terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut to fearmonger and stoke xenophobia. Senate Democrats must reject hate directed towards Muslims, resist pressure for increased militarization, and block any legislative attempts to close our borders to refugees. Can you make a call today?

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Dear 5849376,

Reject the politics of hate and fear

Last week's terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut called up our sympathies and our compassion. But for right-wing Republican extremists, these tragedies provided an opportunity to promote militarization, isolationism and Islamophobia.

Sadly there's nothing new about right-wing Republicans fearmongering about the Middle East and stoking racist sentiments at home in order to advance their hawkish and xenophobic agendas — or about cowardly Democrats legitimizing right-wing extremism by caving into that fear. Progressives tried to stop them in the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Now we have another chance to stand up for progressive values and demand responsible solutions to a global crisis that is having a devastating impact on millions of people. With rhetoric mounting from Republicans, we need to make our voices heard TODAY.

Tell Senate Democrats: Reject hate directed towards Muslims, resist pressure for increased militarization, and block any legislative attempts to close our borders to refugees. Click here to get started with your call.

Our most powerful point of leverage is the Senate, where Democrats have the power to block Republican attempts to close our borders to Syrian refugees or ramp up our military presence in the Middle East. Republicans cannot act unless Senate Democrats join them.

We are hearing from concerned allies on the Hill that Senate Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer1 and John Tester are expressing a willingness to support Republican fearmongering. Other Democrats have already shown a disheartening willingness to echo and legitimize Republican talking points:

  • New Hampshire governor and Senate candidate Maggie Hassan said that the U.S. should halt the acceptance of Syrian refugees until intelligence and defense officials can assure a strong process for vetting refugees.2 The process currently in place has already ensured that, of the 745,000 refugees who have entered the country since 9/11, not a single one has been arrested on domestic terrorism charges.3
  • Nevada Senate candidate Catherine Cortez Masto is joining right-wing Republican fearmongering by demanding President Obama halt admission of refugees from Syria and Iraq.4
  • Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, one of the leaders of the Democratic National Committee, asserting on CNN that it could be a "matter of hours… before a foreign fighter… ends up on the United States soil," renewed her call for an end to the longstanding practice of waiving visas for people traveling to the U.S. on British, French or German passports.5

At CREDO, we reject the politics of hate and fear, and condemn those who peddle or cave to it; we reject any attempts to demonize Muslim, Arab or South Asian communities; and we reject any efforts to use the tragedies in Paris and Beirut to justify deportations, ramp up militarization in the Middle East, suspend civil rights, or close our borders. We call on Senate Democrats to stand with us.

Call Senate Democrats: Reject hate directed towards Muslims, resist pressure for increased militarization, and block any legislative attempts to close our borders to refugees. Click the link below to get started with your call:

http://act.credoaction.com/call/Dems_Paris_Beirut_Calls?t=6&akid=16156.3291973.yZItwA

Thanks for everything you're doing to stand for compassion and hope over hate and fear,

Heidi Hess, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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References:

  1. Susan Davis, Twitter post, November 17, 2015, 11:37 a.m.
  2. "Hassan, Ayotte say US should delay taking Syrian refugees," Beaumont Enterprise, November 16, 2015.
  3. "Yearning to Breathe Free," The Economist, November 16, 2015.
  4. "Nevada Senate candidates ask for review of vetting before accepting refugees," MyNews4.com, November 16, 2015.
  5. Nathan Eagle, "Tulsi Gabbard Wants U.S. to Suspend Visa Waivers for European Countries," Honolulu Civil Beat, September 14, 2014.

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