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Take Action: Demand That Congress Stand Up for Immigrants

February 27, 2017

Issue: Despite assertions from the Administration that deportation efforts are focused on "violent criminals," a memo released last week from Department of Homeland Security (DHS) makes clear that detention and deportation efforts may target any undocumented immigrants. The same memo enlists local police to serve as part of the immigration enforcement apparatus. Such orders from the Administration create more opportunities for law enforcement to target and harass people based on race, language, and appearance . Data shows that immigrants are actually less likely to commit serious crimes than those born in the U.S. Yet, ICE raids have already taken place in at least six states and have rounded up over 600 undocumented immigrants, at least a quarter of whom do not have any felony convictions. We need Congress to step up to oppose these actions and to protect immigrants from harmful stereotypes, mass deportation, discrimination and harassment.

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Take Action!

  • Call your Senators and Congressperson and ask them to support the BRIDGE Act and oppose the RAISE Act. (You can learn more about the xenophobic RAISE Act -- and sign a petition against it -- here.) See the sample script below.
  • Commit to showing up to stand with and defend immigrants facing arrest. Join United We Dream's Here to Stay Network by texting "HereToStay" to 877877. You will be prompted to reply with your zip code and email, and will get notifications when there are ICE raids or immigration cases to help with in your area.
  • Get ready. Many local immigration organizations are training volunteers to assist in the event of verified raids. Contact your local immigration rights organization to see how you can help.

Sample Script

"Hello, my name is _____ and I'm a constituent of Sen./Rep. ____. My zip code is ______. I'm calling to ask where Sen./Rep. ____ stands on the BRIDGE Act? [Let staffer answer. If the answer is that the Member of Congress (MOC) supports the BRIDGE Act, thank them and let them know you agree, and move on. If the answer is that the MOC does not support the BRIDGE Act, or is undecided at this time:] I strongly urge Sen./Rep. ____ to support the BRIDGE Act, which provides vital protections to immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children and have lived their lives as U.S. residents. [For Senators only: I also strongly urge Sen. ___ to oppose the RAISE Act. This bill is rooted in prejudice and xenophobia and will reduce legal immigration by 50% at a time when we need immigration to bolster an aging workforce.] I urge Sen./Rep. ____ to take a forceful stand against attacks on immigrants and immigrant communities."

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