IMMEDIATE: Action Alert
Updated from the General Board of Church and Society Rapid Response Team
This is an urgent request for ALL, but ESPECIALLY those of you who live in Mississippi, Kentucky, Alabama, Tennessee, West Virginia, New Jersey, Maine, Florida, South Carolina, and more—see listing of House and Senate committee members HERE. On Wednesday, the Trump administration submitted a supplemental budget request to Congress for an additional $3 billion this year in immigration and enforcement funds. This money, if approved, will fund Trump’s mass deportation agenda – specifically,beginning construction on the border wall; enlarging ICE and CBP (Customs & Border Protection) agent force by 10,000 and 5,000 agents, respectively; and expanding ICE’s immigrant detention capacity, giving a blank check to the private prison industry. (For a quick read about these FY2017 numbers, see article here. The FY2018 budget also includes billions of dollars towards Trump’s deportation agenda).
Below is an action alert from Church World Service – please take action yourselves and send it out to your networks. HERE is the roster of the Appropriations committee members in the House and Senate. We want all of Congress but especially these members to hear that we are opposed to funding the border wall, deportation force increase, and detention centers.
Action Alert from Church World Service
President Trump has signed a series of executive orders that discriminate against our immigrant, refugee, and Muslim neighbors. These orders further a hateful, xenophobic agenda that does not represent the welcoming communities across the United States. Walling off America, reducing community safety, and turning our back on those in need are affronts to our country’s values of family unity, fairness, and equality. As people of faith, we are called to stand against these discriminatory policies.
The Trump administration is moving forward with its plans to build a border wall, increase detention of asylum seekers, and expand a mass deportation force targeting our undocumented community members. Congress has the power to stop Trump's plans in their tracks by opposing any funding that would implement these executive orders.
URGENT CALLS NEEDED: Tell Your Members of Congress to OPPOSE Funding for Trump's Deportation Machine, Border Wall, and Detention Centers
Trump is asking Congress for an additional $7.5 billion in fiscal years 2017 and 2018, over and above last year’s funding for immigration enforcement, at the expense of vital education, housing, and nutritional assistance programs that promote public safety and alleviate poverty. Congress has an opportunity to protect our tax dollars and ensure billions of dollars don't go toward expanding immigration enforcement, separating families, or detaining children. Now is our chance to tell our Members of Congress to live up to our values and act with moral authority.
Sample Script: “I’m your constituent from [City, State, Zip Code], and I urge you to NOT fund President Trump’s wall, deportation force and detention centers, and instead do everything in your power to rescind his immigration and refugee executive orders. Our tax dollars should be spent alleviating poverty and investing in our future — not rounding up our community members. My community welcomes refugees and immigrants.”
Please also share a personal story about why welcoming immigrants and refugees is important to you, your community, etc. Let them know the specific ways that immigrants and refugees contribute and are welcomed in your community.
You can also tweet @ your Senators/Representatives with these messages:
.@HANDLE, show that #AmericaWelcomes. Refuse to fund Trump’s wall, deportation force & detention centers #NoBanNoWallNoRaids
.@HANDLE, stop Trump from targeting refugees and immigrants. Don’t fund his deportation force. #NoBanNoWallNoRaids
.@HANDLE, Don’t fund Trump’s morally reprehensible EOs. Stand against them & refuse to fund them. #NoBanNoWallNoRaids
.@HANDLE, $6.6 billion on immigration enforcement, or 121K new elementary school teachers or nearly 100K new middle-class jobs
Here are some additional actions you can take:
(1) Sign the Petition! Sign on to tell Congress to stop Trump from building a wall and increasing detention & deportations.
(2) Rapid Response Toolkit: Use this toolkit to join together with refugee resettlement agencies, refugee leaders, faith leaders, and community members to host a mobilization at your local airport or other locations, and bear witness in opposition to the refugee and Muslim ban. Visit CounterAct.blog and getgroundgame.com/airportprotests.html to see events happening near you. We want to highlight all events on a map so that community members will be able to get your event details and join you in action. Click to add your events: http://bit.ly/RWEventReg.
(3) Tell President Trump to Support Refugees: Tweet @realDonaldTrump &@WhiteHouse & send the same message to whitehouse.gov/contact and Facebook.com/WhiteHouse.
.@realDonaldTrump & @WhiteHouse Don't stop welcoming refugees. Resettlement demonstrates the best of our values #RefugeesWelcome #GreaterAs1
.@realDonaldTrump & @WhiteHouse Keep America welcoming. Refugee resettlement is a proud American legacy with bipartisan support #RefugeesWelcome #GreaterAs1
Countering 'alternative facts' with real ones. FACT: #Refugees are the most vetted people to enter the US. #RefugeesWelcome #GreaterAs1
.@RealDonaldTrump & @WhiteHouse: Today’s EO is the same unconstitutional EO we saw last month & we are still against it. #GreaterAs1 #RefugeesWelcome
.@realDonaldTrump & @WhiteHouse Denying Muslim refugees safety is an affront to religious liberty #RefugeesWelcome interfaithimmigration.org/5000religiousleaderletter/
.@realDonaldTrump & @WhiteHouse More than 5,000 faith leaders are opposed to any policy that would keep Muslim refugees from seeking safety: interfaithimmigration.org/5000religiousleaderletter/
(4) Reach out to your partners in the business, health, educator, law enforcement, and faith community! Urge them to sign onto these sector-specific letters supporting resettlement and opposing discrimination: