Ten Senators Step Forward To Stop A National Muslim Registry. Not One Republican Joins Them
The last time the United States of America forced the registry of an entire class of people was 72 years ago. Forcible internment camps for one hundred and ten thousand Americans of Japanese descent who had done nothing wrong but have a particular ancestry were finally closed down in January of 1945. The forcible registry of another class of Americans, many millions of slaves, ended some 80 years before that.
Is it time for America to make that mistake again?
President-Elect Donald Trump has spoken out in favor of putting Muslims in a required national registry. One of President-Elect Donald Trump’s spokespeople has justified a forced Muslim registry in America by noting that the United States had used such provisions before when forcing Japanese Americans into concentration camps two generations ago. “It’s a precedent,” he said.
Americans who have sworn “never again” to a system of government-registered bigotry are organizing. In the United States Senate, Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey has introduced S. 54, a bill that would prohibit the imposition of an American registry of Muslims or other groups based on origin. The bill has quickly attracted the official, sworn support of 10 Senators including Senator Booker. As of today, the list of cosponsors stands as follows:
- Senator Corey Booker (D-NJ)
- Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI)
- Senator Edward Markey (D-MA)
- Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
- Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR)
- Senator Patty Murray (D-WA)
- Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI)
- Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
- Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
- Senator Ron Wyden (D-CA)
What unites these defenders of what used to be an obvious moral standard? Not gender: there are men and women among the group. Not race: cosponsors are black, white and Asian. Not religion: Christians, Jews and the quietly not-much are among S. 54’s supporters. Not region: the cosponsors of this bill stretch from coast to coast and onward to Hawaii.
What the 10 cosponsors of S. 54 have in common is that none of them is a Republican.
There are 100 Senators. Not one Republican member of the Senate has stepped forward to support this bill against a Muslim registry.
Click here to find your Senator’s phone number. Make a call. Tell them it’s time for them to cosponsor this now-controversial, once-obvious bill. The times call for our leaders to make a stand.