Open Letter Calling on all U.S. Political Parties to Adopt Platforms that Repeal the Muslim Travel Ban, Reverse Historic-Low Cap on Refugees

We the undersigned organizational representatives of the African, Arab, Iranian, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian American communities; interfaith partners; and civil, education, human and immigrant rights allies, call on all national political parties to include repealing the Muslim Ban and reversing the all-time-low cap on the annual number of refugees admitted into the United States as signature issues in their 2020 party platforms.

Our country aspires to be a place where people can worship freely, exchange and explore new ideas, start businesses, and remain safe and secure with their families – to be a beacon of hope to those “yearning to breathe free,” as inscribed on the Statue of Liberty. The Muslim Ban and cuts to refugee admissions contravene these ideals. They have torn mothers from their children, kept people from lifesaving medical treatments, deprived Americans of access to scholarship and voices we have the right to hear, and denied a safe harbor to refugees fleeing global conflicts – including those in which our nation is an active combatant.

The 2020 election provides every political party with a renewed opportunity to publicly assess whether its message and platform are aligned with our nation’s guiding values. We call on you to affirm our fundamental principles of religious freedom and an open society by committing to repeal the Muslim Ban and reverse the record-low cap on refugee admissions in your 2020 party platforms. We are not seeking a nominal increase in refugee caps, or a substitute for the Muslim Ban in the form of comparable vetting programs that rely on religious or ethnic profiling. Rather, in committing to rescind these policies, we ask for a strong statement that the United States welcomes people of all nationalities, ethnicities, and creeds.

Several resolutions and bills have already been introduced in Congress to overturn the Muslim Ban and address gaps in our nation’s legal framework that permitted its authorization. Though these proposals have substantial support, they are unlikely to become law in short order.

That is why we are collectively calling on our nation’s political parties to elevate these critical issues in their 2020 party platforms. The next political convention cycle presents our nation with the best opportunity to move forward in repealing the Muslim Ban and cap on refugees. Please make repealing the Muslim Ban and increasing the refugee cap a central element of your party’s 2020 platform.

We appreciate your consideration, and look forward to hearing your response on these issues.


National Organizations Action Center on Race and the Economy African Communities Together Alianza Americas American Arab Forum American Friends Service Committee American Muslim Empowerment Network (AMEN) American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) Asian Americans Advancing Justice Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law CODEPINK Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Defending Rights & Dissent Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund Embodied Solidarity Emgage Action Food Empowerment Project Foreign Policy for America Franciscan Action Network Franciscan Sisters of the Poor - U.S. Freedom for Immigrants Friends Committee on National Legislation Hip Hop Caucus ICNA Council for Social Justice (ICNA CSJ) Institute for Policy Studies, New Internationalism Project International Center for Rights and Justice International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) Islamic Scholarship Fund Islamophobia Studies Center J Street Jetpac Jewish Voice for Peace Just Foreign Policy Justice For All Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation, Order of St. Francis Million Hoodies Movement for Justice MoveOn MPower Action Muslim Advocates Muslim American Society-PACE Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) NAACP NAFSA: Association of International Educators National Council of Jewish Women National Immigration Law Center National Iranian American Council National Network for Arab American Communities National Religious Campaign Against Torture NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice Oil Change U.S.A. Only Through US Our Three Winners Foundation (OTWF) Peace Action Poligon Education Fund Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus Secular Franciscan Order - USA Secure Justice Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities Sisters of St. Francis of the Providence of God Southern Poverty Law Center STAND: The Student-Led Movement to End Mass Atrocities The Revolutionary Love Project The United Methodist Church - General Board of Church and Society The Yemen Peace Project T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights Truman National Security Project United We Dream Action Veterans For Peace Voices for Progress Wheaton Franciscans, General Office for Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation Win Without War Yemeni Alliance Committee Yemeni American Merchants Association (YAMA) State Organizations Adhikaar, New York Amal Law Group, LLC, Illinois Baltimore Palestine Solidarity, Maryland CAIR-Austin, Texas CAIR-California, California CAIR-Cincinnati, Ohio CAIR-Florida, Florida CAIR-Georgia, Georgia CAIR-Houston, Texas CAIR-Massachusetts, Massachusetts CAIR-New Jersey, New Jersey CAIR-Ohio, Cleveland Chapter, Ohio CAIR-Oregon, Oregon CAIR-Philadelphia, Pennsylvania California Sanctuary Campaign, California Central American Resource Center in Los Angeles Central Valley Immigrant Integration Collaborative (CVIIC), California Community Action Board of Santa Cruz County, Inc. (CAB), California East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, California Equality California, California Faith in Texas, Texas Family Action Network Movement, Florida Greater Cleveland Immigrant Support Network, Ohio Greater New York Labor Religion Coalition, New York Jewish Voice for Peace-NYC, New York Law Office of Aliya Karmali, California Minnesotans Against Islamophobia, Minnesota Muslim Alliance of Indiana, Indiana Muslim Foundation inv, New Jersey New Jersey Muslim Lawyers Association (NJMLA), New Jersey New York Muslim United for Civic Engagement, New York NJMVP, New Jersey Northern California Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, California Old First Church, Middletown, New Jersey Pangea Legal Services, California Pars Equality Center, California Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans, California People Acting in Community Together (PACT), California Puentes - Immigrant Legal and Community Resources, California San Francisco Peninsula People Power, California SIREN (Services, Immigrant Rights and Education Network), California Sisters of Saint Francis JPIC Commissioners, Colorado Sisters of St Francis Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation Commission, Colorado Sisters of St. Francis Justice Peace & Integrity for Creation Committee O'Donnell, OSF, Pennsylvania Southeast Queens Muslim Collective Inc., New York Surveillance Technology Oversight Project, New York Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, Tennessee The Interfaith Center of New York, New York The Monmouth Center for World Religions and Ethical Thought, New Jersey The Sacramento Family Unity Education Legal Network, California Tri-State Franciscan Solidarity Table, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky Unite Oregon, Oregon United Muslims of America, California WE RISE SF/ Labor Center for Immigrant Justice, California Westchester Coalition Against Islamophobia, New York