Who: Senate State Affairs Committee
What: SB 200 – stopping all refugee resettlement including “indirect” resettlement.
When: Wednesday, February 21 @ 10 am
Where: In the capitol building in Pierre, SD
Why: this is South Dakota’s Muslim Ban
PLEASE CONTACT THE SENATE STATE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE AND POLITELY ASK THEM TO VOTE NO!
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RE: SB 200
My name is x. My name is X. (I am your constituent)/I am writing to ask you to vote NO on SB 200–stopping all refugee resettlement including “indirect” resettlement.
Refugee resettlement is a function of the federal government and states have no jurisdiction on where refugees get resettled. If this needs to be changed it has to be through federal law.
The state of SD gave the sole responsibility to resettle refugee to Lutheran Social Services in 2000.
In FY 2017, only 316 refugees were resettled in the entire state of SD. With the drastic cut of refugees entering this country by the Trump Administration this number could fall by 90% in SD!
What is “indirect resettlement”? You cannot track refugees and where they go once they arrive in the United States. They have the right to travel like anyone else in our country.
Chain migration is a false understanding of immigration law. Currently only United States Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents can bring over immediate family members –spouses and children under 21. Family reunification is the humane part of immigration law.
Did you know that a US Citizen who petitions for her brother living in Mexico has a 20 year and 4 months wait for his application to be heard? This in no way is chain migration.
Six out of the seven countries listed on SB 200 is reflective of the federal Muslim Travel Ban and is unconstitutional.
There are doctors, engineers, scientist, small business owners in our community from these listed countries who are currently in the family reunification process. Do we really want children and spouses separated? These highly skilled workers will surely move to a state where they can be reunified.
The current federal travel ban is going to be heard in the Supreme Court. Just last week the 4th Circuit Court of Appeal ruled that the ban was unconstitutional and exuded discriminatory animus against the religion of Islam.
Immigrant- led households in the state paid $58 million in federal taxes and $32.6 million in state and local taxes in 2014 and add richness to the fabric of our state. This is not who we are as South Dakotans.
For these reasons, please vote NO on SB 200 on Wednesday.
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