Weekly Actions 2/28/2017

With increased waves of deportation and harassment set in motion by the Trump administration, this week’s Tuesday actions will be focused on immigrant rights. A few additional urgent actions on other issues will be posted throughout the week. Also remember to check out actions from our friends at the Action Alliance.
 
First, arm yourself with info to combat misleading rhetoric; then take action below.
 
Immigration System 101 | Obstacles Immigrants Face | Immigration News Aggregator |
Immigrant Rights and Service Organizations by State

Click on each action for details and scripts:

Governors have power and they need to be urged to use it. Tell your governor to speak out against deportations, refuse to provide immigration data to the federal government, and refuse to authorize local law enforcement to cooperate with ICE. Governor Jay Inslee of Washington has taken the brave step of releasing an executive order directing all state agencies to minimize their cooperation with federal immigration authorities. Governors from other states should be pressured to take similar actions.
 

Mayors also have jurisdiction over their own police force. Even small towns can publicly or quietly choose not to cooperate. Mayor Bill De Blasio of New York and Mayor Marty Walsh of Boston, for example, have been strongly outspoken. Unfortunately, Hudson County, NJ has actually contracted with ICE under a 287(g) agreement in order to profit financially. Find out what’s happening in your county and make your voice heard.
 

  • Call your governor and ask him/her to follow Governor Inslee’s example:
  • SCRIPT: Hi, My name is _____ and I’m calling from _____. I’m asking Governor _____ to follow Washington Governor Inslee’s example and issue an executive order directing the police department not to enforce the Department of Homeland Security’s current immigration directives, which have gone way beyond deporting convicted felons and are putting all immigrants at risk. This is mean-spirited, anti-family and does not reflect the moral values of our state. People who are deported may face personal endangerment or even death depending on their home country and situation. Governor _____ has an obligation to speak out against these deportations and refuse to cooperate. Can you tell me Governor _____’s position on this?
     

    [IF SUPPORTIVE] (share your gratitude)
    [IF OPPOSED] I am appalled to hear that. He/she is endangering hard-working families who are not a threat to our country. I will be watching the Governor’s actions on this, and urge him/her to change his/her mind.

  • Call your mayor or other local officials: City Council, Select-board, etc.:
  • SCRIPT: Hi, My name is _____ and I’m calling from _____. I’m asking Mayor _____ to direct the police department not to enforce the Department of Homeland Security’s current immigration directives, which have gone way beyond deporting convicted felons and are putting all immigrants at risk. This is mean-spirited, anti-family and does not reflect the moral values of our community. People who are deported may face personal endangerment or even death depending on their home country and situation. Mayor _____ has an obligation to speak out against these deportations and refuse to cooperate. Can you tell me Mayor _____’s position on this?
     

    [IF SUPPORTIVE] (share your gratitude)
    [IF OPPOSED] I am appalled to hear that. He/she is endangering hard-working families who are not a threat to our country. I will be watching the Mayor’s actions on this, and urge him/her to change his/her mind.

  • Contact your County Sheriff. You can find details and scripts from our friends at Wall-of-Us.

 

The BRIDGE Act (S 128/HR 496), which is sponsored by Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and already has some Republican support, would give undocumented immigrants who came here as children temporary protection from deportation. It is similar to DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), an Obama-administration executive order that currently offers similar protections. Unlike DACA – which Donald Trump has threatened to repeal – the BRIDGE Act could not be repealed without Congressional approval. In addition to protecting DACA recipients and other qualifying applicants, the BRIDGE Act also prevents ICE from using information provided by DACA applicants against them.

Bills:

  • Call your senators and House Rep and ask them to support the BRIDGE Act

SCRIPT (BRIDGE ACT): Hi, my name is _____ and I’m calling from _____. I’d like to ask Senator/Rep. _____ to support the BRIDGE act in order to protect current DACA recipients and offer important protections to children. Many people willingly gave their information to the Department of Homeland Security with the promise that they would be safe from deportation, and we need to make sure that promise is kept, NOT use the information against them. This is a bipartisan bill and I hope Senator/Rep. _____ will support it. Can I ask the Senator/Rep.’s position on this?
 

[IF SUPPORTIVE] (share your gratitude)
[IF OPPOSED] I am dismayed to hear that. This is a moral issue and the people protected under DACA do not pose any threat to the American people. I urge Senator/Rep. _____ to change his/her mind.

If passed, the RAISE Act (S. 354/HR 1149) would severely restrict the number of green cards issued by limiting family-based immigration, making it more difficult for immigrants to reunite with their families. It would also eliminate the diversity visa program, which is one of the only avenues for securing a green card outside of family-based immigration. It is estimated that The RAISE Act would cut legal immigration by 50%. It would also reduce the annual refugee cap to 50,000 from 85,000.

Bills:

  • Call your senators and House Rep and ask them to reject the RAISE Act

SCRIPT (RAISE ACT): Hi, my name is _____ and I’m calling from _____. I’d like to ask Senator/Rep. _____ to vote against the RAISE act. There is no reason to limit legal immigration in this country at this time, as we are a country that is made stronger through our diversity. I object to the ending of the diversity lottery, and I think it’s extremely important that immigration policies allow families to be reunited. Furthermore, we cannot expect to end illegal immigration if we make legal avenues so difficult. Can I ask the Senator/Rep.’s position on the RAISE Act?
 

[IF OPPOSED] (share your gratitude)
[IF SUPPORTIVE] I am very disappointed that Senator/Rep. _____ would deliberately want to make it difficult for families to be reunited. I am also concerned in this era of hate crimes against people of color that Senator/Rep._____ would not want to make efforts to promote diversity. I will be watching the Senator/Rep.’s actions very closely on this issue and I urge Senator/Rep _____ to rethink this issue and change his/her mind.

The ACLU is organizing a grassroots people’s power spur to give people the skills and resources they need to resist harmful and unlawful policies put forward by the Trump administration, including the wave of deportations. There will be a live-stream “Resistance” training on March 11th, and the ACLU is asking people to host/attend watch parties. Even if you can’t participate on March 11, sign up to be a part of People’s Power.
 

Find local groups in your area that are working on these issues. Rise Stronger and Resistance Calendar list some events and organizations, but when dealing with a national movement, no list is exhaustive. If nothing is listed, investigate what may be happening in your local community through the power of Google and social media, and by contacting like-minded friends, communities of faith, or other activist organizations. When you find (or organize) events, post them on Rise Up Calendar and the Resistance Calendar so other people know about them.

 
If you don’t have the time to get personally involved, keep donating to national organizations working on immigrant support, legal rights, and sanctuary cities like ACLU, National Immigrant Justice Center, National Immigration Law Center, and Groundswell, as well as organizations in your local community.