Action Alerts

Stop the Separation — and the Incarceration — of Immigrant Families

Action Steps:

  1. Attend a rally near you on June 30. On this day, we will gather in hundreds of towns and cities through the U.S. to protest the Trump Administration’s policies on immigrant families. Click here and enter your zip code to find the rally nearest you!
  2. Call your member of Congress.  202-224-3121, then press 2 and you will be instructed to enter your zip code to be connected to your Representative’s office. Demand fair treatment for immigrant families — not separation and not incarceration.

Resources:

What’s Happening to Families with Children Who Cross the Border?

The Trump Administration’s Separation of Families at the Border, Explained (Vox.com)
CLASP fact sheet: Baby jails are not child care
Youngest Migrants Held in ‘Tender Age’ Shelters (The Associated Press)
Family Separation: Myth vs. Fact (Kids In Need of Defense)
Locking Up Family Values, Again (Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service and the Women’s Refugee Commission)
Immigrant Children Forcibly Injected with Drugs at Texas Shelter, Lawsuit Claims (Texas Tribune)

Taking Children Away from Immigrant Parents Harms Them

Detention of Immigrant Children (American Academy of Pediatrics)
Catholic Charities USA Letter Against Family Separation

Creating Detention Centers for Families with Children is Not the Answer

Incarcerating Entire Families Cannot Be the Solution to the Separation of Children (Center for American Progress)
Trump Executive Order Makes Border Crisis Worse: Jailing Families Is Not the Solution (National Immigration Law Center)

There Are Better Alternatives

The Real Alternatives to Detention (National Immigrant Justice Center, plus allies)
ICE Shuts Down Program for Asylum-Seekers (The Atlantic)

Tools for Fighting Back

Talking points on Family Separation in the Ryan Bill (The Immigration Hub)
Sample Tweets from #FamiliesBelongTogether
Five Ways to Take Action Against Family Detention (American Friends Service Committee)


Call Now to Stop Bad Immigration Bills!

The House is planning to vote on two terrible immigration bills the week of Monday, June 18. Call Congress now to tell them to vote NO on bills that restrict legal immigration and fund mass deportation.

The House of Representatives may hold votes on two anti-immigrant bills next week which would step up harsh border enforcement, build Trump’s border wall, and further restrict legal immigration. One of the bills, although harsh, has been rejected by President Trump as not harsh enough. So you know whatever gets to the House floor will do more to break up immigrant families or keep them apart, block access to asylum hearings for those fleeing violence, and disproportionately exclude people by race, ethnicity or religion. We know these bills would be disastrous for immigrants and their children. We need help for the Dreamers, but these bills offer them little or nothing and hurt so many others. This approach is shamefully wrong.

Please call your Representative and urge him or her to vote NO on these immigration bills. 

You can reach your member of Congress by calling the Capitol switchboard:

202-224-3121, then press 2 and you will be instructed to enter your zip code to be connected to your Representative’s office.

You can use the following script when you call:

“Hello, I am a constituent of Representative _________, and I am asking him/her to vote NO on immigration bills coming up for a vote this week that will restrict legal immigration, split up families, harm children, and promote mass deportations. These bills do not reflect our values. Once again, I urge Representative_________ to stand up for humane immigration policy and oppose these bills.”


   

SNAP is Under Attack. Tell Congress: No Cuts, No Restrictions, No Onerous Work Requirements!

SNAP/food stamps is under attack in the 2018 Farm Bill that was approved in the House Committee on Agriculture last month on a party line vote.  The bill was defeated on a floor vote on Friday, May 18, but another vote is expected in mid-June. Please keep an eye on this page for updates, as further action may well be needed.

The Farm Bill would make it harder for millions of people to put food on the table by taking away or reducing SNAP benefits for many struggling Americans, including parents raising kids, people with disabilities, older adults, and people who are working but struggling to get enough hours to get by on low wages.  Many children will lose access to free school meals, too.  The “work” provisions are similar to restrictions imposed or threatened in Medicaid, housing, and other programs – we must fight back.


New Video: “Defend SNAP.”

Faith in Public Life Action has released a new video in defense of SNAP. Click here to watch the video and see what you can do to help defeat this bill.


Congress is voting on a bill that would leave more people hungry. Here is how to get it in the headlines:

RESULTS has developed a media toolkit to make fighting to protect SNAP easier. Go here to learn more about the 2018 Farm Bill, download letter to the editor templates, and learn more about how to make your outreach to Congress effective.


Tell Congress to Reject the Trump Budget

The Trump budget proposal for FY 2019 would cut well over $3 trillion over ten years from basic needs programs like Medicaid, Medicare, SNAP/food stamps, assistance for people with disabilities, home heating and cooling assistance, housing aid, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, college work-study, and many other services that help low-income people – young and old alike – secure basic living standards.  These massive cuts will pay towards the recently enacted tax cuts largely favoring corporations and the wealthy.  And while children, seniors, people with disabilities, and the poor lose out, the Pentagon scores a 26 percent increase from 2017 to 2028.

Congress just enacted a two-year agreement to lift tight budget caps, both for domestic and military appropriations.  The President signed that spending bill.  But his budget shows his real priorities:  deny basic needs programs to low-income people while preserving and expanding tax cuts and other benefits to corporations and the rich.

Congress must hear from their constituents to ensure that the Trump budget priorities do not advance in future Congressional bills and budgets.  As Congress works out the details of spending plans for this year and next, Trump allies will try to undo the important gains just made for basics like child care and other help for low-income working families.  Tell your Representative and Senators that going backwards is just not acceptable.  Contact them to show that their constituents share the views expressed in public opinion polls:  #Hands Off Medicaid, education, SNAP and other basic needs assistance!  Don’t take the basics from people in need to pay for tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy!

E-mail your members of Congress by clicking here. 


Call your senators and representative now. Ask them to pass the Dream Act.

The recent government shutdown ended with an agreement that the Senate will take up legislation to protect the Dreamers – people who have been in our country since they were children and know no other.

But getting decent protections to the finish line is highly uncertain. To get there, your senators and representative still need to hear from you. And time is running short. The agreement keeping the government open only lasts till Feb. 8 – that’s only 15 days from now. Although polls show 80 percent of the public support protecting the Dreamers, Congress measures the importance to voters by the calls they get.

Please call 1-855-764-1010 now to be connected with your senators and representative. (And a shout-out to our friends at the National Education Association for making this call-in number available!)

Congress cannot wait until the last minute – they must act now to defend hundreds of thousands of Dreamers who otherwise risk deportation. Every day that passes, more and more Dreamers lose their protected status – and with it, their jobs, their livelihoods, maybe even their homes are all at risk.

Please act now. Call 1-855-764-1010 and demand that Congress protect the Dreamers.


Over 1,500 groups signed a letter demanding that Congress pass a budget that invests in all.

View the letter and see the signers. It’s not too late for your organization to sign the letter

Members of Congress are considering carrying out Trumpean budget cuts – slashing programs our communities rely on, including food aid through SNAP, rental assistance, safeguards for clean air and water, and even deeper cuts in Medicaid than those in the health care repeal.

The more than 1,500 groups, from every state, include faith groups, service providers, and experts and advocates concerned with children, seniors, women, workers, communities of color, people with disabilities, immigrants, the environment, education, housing, nutrition, and health.  They represent millions of people.

 Make Sure That Your Member of Congress Sees The Letter and Knows You Want to Stop the Cuts

Please take these actions (some or all):

If You Are On Social Media:

Tweet at your members of Congress. You can use the sample tweet below or create your own (do separate tweets for each of your senators and for your representative).

[insert your Senators’ and Rep’s twitter handle]  I’m a constituent and join with 1500 groups:  the budget should invest not cut: http://ow.ly/Mgis30doRu4 #HandsOff

Find Your Senators’ Twitter Handles

Find Your Representative’s Twitter Handle

Post on your Members of Congress’ Facebook walls using the language below (this works if you’re a friend.)

Dear [@Representative/@Senator], I agree with over 1,500 groups nationwide that signed a letter urging you to reject budget cuts that would hurt [your state’s name].  Please read the letter:  http://ow.ly/Mgis30doRu4.  #handsoff the health, jobs, and future of millions.

If You Are Not on Social Media, you can still e-mail your members of Congress by clicking here. 

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If you would like to post an action, please contact David Elliot at delliot@chn.org.