Author: Lily Folkerts
Congress may be on summer break, but we are not backing off. Not when the fate of over a million immigrants and refugees continues to hang in the balance. That’s why we’re using the August lull to intensify our advocacy efforts and push even harder for the rights of these targeted communities.
Supporting over 250,000 Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiares from El Salvador and Honduras who have been members of our communities for years. Standing up for over 800,000 young Dreamers. Protecting families and refugees from strict quotas under the RAISE Act. Opposing funding for border militarization, deportation force, and the ridiculous “wall.” There’s plenty to bring up with your representatives and only a couple weeks to do it >>
Our nation’s lawmakers are in your hometowns, and they need to hear from you. Sharing your opinion can have a HUGE impact, and that’s exactly what we need to combat this administration’s xenophobic rhetoric and policies.
Check out actions you can take in your neighborhood to support immigrants and refugees across the country!
Last month, we asked you to tell your representative to sign a bipartisan letter to the Secretary of the Deparment of Homeland Security to renew Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for over 250,000 Hondurans and Salvadorans receiving protection from deportation and access to work. These are our classmate, co-workers, and neighbors, and the Trump Administration is threatening to end the little security they have.
Thanks to your efforts, 95 representatives have signed on as of August 29th. But we still need more before the September 7th deadline!
• Make the call, and get your representative on board before the letter closes on September 7th >>
Oppose Trump’s Deportation Force Budget
President Trump asked for an additional $4.5 billion for immigration enforcement—on top of the $19 billion we already spend each year. He intends to ramp-up deportation efforts by hiring 1,500 new Border Patrol and immigration enforcement (ICE) agents, expand detention capacities to 51,000 beds, and increase border militarization by building (you guessed it!) a wall.
Congress should not approve even more funds for these draconian immigration policies that only decreases access to protection for vulnerable populations and tears apart families and communities. You have the power to influence how our government spends our tax dollars.
• Find and attend a town hall meeting to tell your representatives to OPPOSE the budget >>
• Speak out on Facebook and Twitter today >>
Support DACA & The Dream Act 2017
Ten anti-immigrant Attorney Generals are threatening to sue if President Trump doesn’t end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) by September 5th. And he is inclined to bend to their demands.
DACA has protected nearly 800,000 young people from deportation, and it must be defended. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) recognize the contributions DACA recipients add to our communities. They authored The Dream Act 2017 to provide a route to permanent legal status for millions of undocumented immigrant youth.
• Sign the national and local petitions to #DefendDACA and join a march this week in cities across the U.S. >>
• Share your support for DACA and The Dream Act 2017 on Facebook and Twitter and make sure your representative supports it>>
Oppose the anti-family and anti-refugee RAISE Act
Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA), with the support of the President, unveiled legislation that, among other things, caps refugee admissions at 50,000 and cuts family immigration in half by eliminating current categories for family-sponsored immigration. This act has nothing to do with the family and humanitarian values that this country has been built on, and we must not let it become law.
• Find and attend a town hall meeting to tell your senators to vote “NO” on the RAISE Act >>
• Share your opposition to the RAISE Act on Facebook and Twitter >>