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Urge US Senator Nelson to Support Sen. Cortez-Masto's Bill

As you know, on January 25, 2017, President Trump issued an executive order that effectively declares open season on all undocumented immigrants, their families and communities.  Last Friday, as part of nationwide enforcement actions, ICE apprehended Daniel Ramirez Medina, a young Dreamer who has been living in the United States since he was seven years-old and was granted DACA. Since then he has been detained in Tacoma, Washington.  The January 25 Executive Order “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States” will create a massive deportation force that will terrorize families and children and make communities less safe. 

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EmergeUSA Welcomes New Executive Director, Wa'el Alzayat

WASHINGTON, DC - EmergeUSA is proud to welcome its new Executive Director, Wa’el Alzayat, to lead the organization in its effort to engage, educate and empower Muslim American communities across the nation for the purpose of creating a community of equitable, knowledgeable and motivated citizens.

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Khurrum Wahid Speaks Out Against the Muslim Ban

EmergeUSA's National Chairperson Khurrum Wahid, took a stand at a public hearing to ask Miami Mayor Carlos Gimenez to reverse his decision to no longer enforce County Resolution 1008-13.

 

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Statement on Quebec Mosque Shooting

EmergeUSA stands with the Muslim community affected by the horrific mass shooting at the Cultural Islamic Center of Quebec which killed six people and injured eight.  We call upon the Administration, Congress, and elected officials to condemn this barbaric attack and recognize the danger of Islamophobia and the anti-Muslim environment that is created by misguided policies such as banning refugees and immigrants from Muslim-majority countries.  

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Resources for Immigrants & Refugees:

We have compiled a list of resources available for immigrants and refugees affected by the recent executive orders.

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EmergeUSA Fights Against Immigration Executive Order Banning Muslims

EmergeUSA strongly opposes the Executive Order (EO) by the Trump Administration targeting the most vulnerable of people, specifically those entering from Muslim majority countries.

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A Muslim's Perspective on the First Debate

by Saif Hamideh

 

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EmergeUSA & MPAC: 2016 Presidential Voter Guide

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Baura Zia

MPAC & EmergeUSA Release ‘2016 Presidential Voter Guide’

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Statement on Fort Pierce Mosque Burning

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

 

September 12, 20106
Contact: Amina Spahic 

Elected Officials Asked to Stand With Community After Mosque is Targeted as Arson

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America's Problem Isn't Guns. It's Gun Culture.

 

 

A new beginning for some.
A sad reminder for others. 

Today, after nearly 4 years, a new Sandy Hook Elementary School opened in Newtown, Connecticut. Twenty children and six adults died as a result of a mass shooting. Mass shootings have become an American phenomenon. There is no western country that can compare to the US when it comes to the frequency of gun related deaths. 

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The image above shows how the US compares to other western nations.

A Country's Obsession 

There is something to be said about how much emphasis is put on the Second Amendment. Guns are considered by some as symbolic of American freedom. When compared to the UK, guns are clearly ingrained in the American culture unlike other countries. BBC put together an infographic showing the comparison side by side below: 
The US is only one of three countries that has explicit gun ownership rights stated in the constitution. Since the time of the Revolutionary War to the iconic cowboys in the west and the romanticizing of war in the 50's, guns have made US citizens feel safe and helped build an identity that is uniquely our own. Talks about gun control are typically viewed as threatening a way of life by pro-gun activists. We have to ask ourselves if that kind of mentality has threatened actual lives more. Recent negative rhetoric directed at immigrants, people of color, and people of certain religions among others has only served to increase the paranoia that correlates directly to that illusion of being 'unsafe.' Fear should not be the driving force behind wanting to make access to guns easier. Fear should make us more concerned with having proper gun use and education about gun safety because in 2016 alone, more accidental shootings took place than those made in self defense. 
 
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