Actions 8/28 and 8/29

Congress is coming back next week. Time to retrieve those area code 202s in your speed dial!

Monday

Let’s tell our representatives to stand up for immigrants in the budget process. With Trump pardoning Joe Arpaio and threatening DACA, this fall looks like an even more dangerous time for immigrants. His 2018 budget calls for Congress to pour $23 billion of our tax dollars into ICE and Border Patrol agents, the wall, and detention facilities for his out-of-control deportation machine, and the House has already passed a spending bill with $1.6 billion for the wall. The Trump budget cuts vital investments in families and communities to pay for an anti-immigrant campaign designed to spread fear and tear apart communities. Urge Senators Markey (202-224-2742) and Warren (202-224-4543) and your representative to say no to deportation funding.

SCRIPT: Hi, this is [NAME]. I’m calling from [ZIP] about the upcoming budget negotiations. Specifically, I'm deeply concerned over what I've read about ICE raids, detention center conditions, border patrol abuses, and deporting peaceful, vulnerable people to dangerous cities. (Or mention whatever most troubles you) Our treatment of immigrants amounts to taxpayer-funded abuse, and the president’s pardon of Joe Arpaio makes it clear he will accept, even support, flagrant abuses. We need Congress to stand up for human rights. Please let the [senator/congressman or woman] know that I want him/her to cut funding to the deportation machine and vote no on any bill that funds this inhumane system. Will [NAME] commit to this? (pause) Thank you.

Tuesday

It's time to inundate Senators Markey and Warren with calls to cosponsor the Dream Act (S1615), a bipartisan bill that would grant permanent legal status to Dreamers who meet certain criteria. Yes, we've asked you to call about DACA before, but here’s the deal—they haven’t co-sponsored yet. And it’s critical to support this bill now, given the fact that DACA is under attack by Texas and nine other states who’ve threatened to sue if the administration doesn’t start phasing out the program by September 5. Word is, Trump's seriously considering eliminating it.

DACA status has increased recipients’ hourly wages by an average of 42% and given them the purchasing power to buy homes, cars, and other goods and services, which drives economic growth for everyone. It also allows young people to further their education and participate more fully in their communities, and that benefits us all. Let’s call Senators Warren (202-224-4543) and Markey (202-224-2742) and tell them we want them to support the bill and speak out in favor of DACA. There’s also a House bill, H.R.3591. Mass Reps. Capuano, Clark, Kennedy, and McGovern have co-sponsored. If you have a different representative, give him or her a call, too.

SCRIPT: Hi, this is (NAME). I’m calling from (ZIP) to urge the senator to co-sponsor S1615, the bipartisan bill that would grant permanent legal status to the many Dreamers who contribute so much to our communities and our economy. It’s critical to show support for the bill now to counteract the pressure on the administration, from Texas and 9 other states, to start phasing out the bill. I'm asking the senator to co-sponsor immediately, speak up for DACA, and encourage his/her colleagues to do the same. Thank you.