Action: Oppose Xenophobe As Assistant Secretary of State

Background

“President Trump has nominated Ronald W. Mortensen, a fellow with the anti-immigrant hate group Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), for Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration.*

The Bureau’s mission is ‘to provide protection, ease suffering, and resolve the plight of persecuted and uprooted people around the world on behalf of the American people…’ If approved by the Senate, Mortensen would be the fourth individual from an anti-immigrant hate group to join the Trump administration.*

Some examples of his attitude toward immigrants can be seen in the title of articles he has written; for example: “last year, Mortensen wrote a piece in The Hill titled, ‘Most illegal aliens routinely commit felonies.’ In it he states bluntly, ‘The myth of the law abiding illegal alien is just that: a myth.’” And in a 2014, blog for CIS titled, ‘McCain Rolls Out the Welcome Mat for ISIS on America’s Southern Border.’”

https://www.splcenter.org/ hatewatch/2018/05/25/trump- taps-hate-group-fellow-ronald- mortensen-important-post- dealing-refugees

Action:  Contact your Senators and tell them you oppose Ronald W. Mortensen  for Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration.

Script:

My name is ____________, and I am a member of Olympia Indivisible. I am calling to express my deep concern about the nomination of Ronald W. Mortensen, for Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration. I am asking Senator____________ to oppose Mortensen and his attacks on immigrants and to assure that all migrants and refugees get fair and objective hearings when seeking asylum. America has historically taken pride in our defense of human rights and providing a refuge for the world’s most vulnerable is and integral part of that. Thank you.

This action is from Olympia Indivisible’s weekly Call to Action with formatting edits. Be sure to go to Olympia Indivisible’s website for more on the actions, upcoming events and for their latest Research Report.  Also find them on Facebook.