The Trump administration’s appeal of the original Muslim Ban was temporarily decided by the Supreme Court on June 26 in Trump v. Hawaii. Following that ruling Hawaii again filed an appeal to Federal Judge Derrick K. Watson asking him to “clarify” the Supreme Court’s definition of “bona fide relationship”.
Thankfully Judge Watson ruled last week that the Trump administration’s temporary ban on travelers from six predominantly Muslim countries and on refugees should not prevent grandparents and other close relatives of residents from entering the United States.
Judge Watson also declared that refugees with ties to a resettlement agency that was committed to receiving them had a relationship that made them eligible to enter the country.
Prior to the ruling fifteen states (Iowa, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington) and the District of Columbia filed an 18 page amicus brief to Judge Watson’s court stating “The federal government’s restrictive definition of close familial relationships will result in the improper exclusion of numerous foreign nationals who have the requisite bona fide connection to a person in the United States.”
Missing from this important brief is our state under the leadership of Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr who is on the fast track to be elected to a four year term in November 2018. Chris Carr, who was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal on October 12, 2016, to fill a vacancy left by the resignation of Samuel S. Olens, a Republican first elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. Olens resigned in order to assume the position of president at Kennesaw State University; Carr became acting attorney general on November 1, 2016. He will serve out the remainder of Olens’ current term, which is up for election in 2018. Prior to his tenure as attorney general, Carr served as the commissioner of the Department of Economic Development, a position to which he was appointed by Deal in 2013. He also previously worked as chief of staff to U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson.
Please take a moment today to call Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr and let him know you are disappointed he did not take a public stance to fight President Trump’s executive order for travel bans.
Please call Attorney General Chris Carr’s office at (404) 656-3300 and state….. My name is Your Name and I am calling from Your Home City. Please let Attorney General Carr know I am disappointed he did not join the Attorney Generals of fifteen other states who signed the brief asking Judge Watson to oppose Trump’s Muslim and Refugee travel ban.
After calling please also email Attorney General Carr at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following message (or a personal version of it) and the subject line “Hawaii v. Trump”:
Attorney General Carr,
I support refugee resettlement in the U.S. I am strongly opposed to Donald Trump’s attempt to slash refugee admissions, bring all resettlement to a halt, and stop resettling refugees from certain countries. This discrimination flies in the face of core American values and this country’s founding principles. It does not reflect the welcome for refugees I see in my community every day.
Thankfully the Hawaii v. Trump ruling last week was in favor of justice but I am disappointed you did not sign onto the public amicus brief to Federal Judge Watson’s court in the case of Hawaii v. Trump signed by the Attorney Generals of fifteen other states and the District of Columbia urging the court to oppose the Muslim Ban.
I support the welcoming of refugees and immigrants into the U.S. and Georgia and expect you as my elected representative to the U.S. Senate to reflect those same ideals. Please take a vocal and public stance against all forms of discrimination and support increases, not reductions, in immigration and refugee arrivals.
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