Wednesday, May 30 - Stop DHS from separating families / #FamiliesBelongTogether Rally / Deputy Voter Registrar Training

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Call on MoCs to stop DHS from separating families at the US border

    • Senator Duckworth | DC: 202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506

    • Senator Durbin | DC: 202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952

    • Find your Representative. (It's easiest to find your rep's info and appropriate script in Amplify.)

  • Action 2: #FamiliesBelongTogether Rally at ICE - Chicago Field Office

    • Friday, June 1, 12:00 PM at the ICE - Chicago Field Office.

  • Action 3:  Sign up for Deputy Voter Registrar Trainings on 6/2 and 6/4

 

Action 1: Call on MoCs to stop DHS from separating families at the US border

“I just want to know where my daughter is and that she is safe. She’s two years old, and it’s been two months since we were separated—I don’t know why we were separated. I don’t understand. We came here to seek help, we were afraid for our lives.”  - Father, seeking asylum and being held in an adult immigration detention center at the U.S. southern border.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced in May that the administration would seek "100% prosecution" all people who cross the border illegally, including asylum seekers, he flatly stated that this would result in children getting “separated” from their parents. White House chief of staff John Kelly explicitly described this as a “tough deterrent” to families crossing, stating that the children will be put into “foster care or whatever.” The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) under Secretary Nielsen’s leadership has been acting on this administration policy of tearing children apart from their parents to scare others from coming to our borders. Immigration authorities have separated at least 700 children from their families, and about a hundred of them are under the age of four.

There’s no justification for this practice. These families and children aren’t threats to our safety. They’re often fleeing unspeakable violence and persecution in their home countries. Many are from Central America, home to some of the most dangerous countries in the world. We need to make sure our members of Congress take action to end this cruel practice once and for all. Let’s make sure no other families are ripped apart.

Note, there is confusion some about the new policy. The children being separated from their parents is a separate issue from the nearly 1,500 children whose whereabouts the government has lost track of; those are children who crossed themselves, not with family members as explained by Obama administration's Cecilia Muñoz on Tuesday.

 

Call on your Members of Congress to join the call for accountability.

Call Senator Duckworth | DC: 202-224-2854 | Chicago 312-886-3506
Call Senator Durbin | DC: 202-224-2152 | Chicago 312-353-4952
Find your Representative

Script:  Hi, my name is {NAME} and I'm a constituent at {ZIP CODE} and member of Indivisible Chicago.

I’m asking {PERSON} to use Congress' oversight authority to stop separating families at the U.S. border. This practice hurts innocent children and should be stopped immediately.

Thank you for your time and attention. 

 

(Source: ACLU and 5calls.org)

Action 2: #FamiliesBelongTogether Rally at ICE-Chicago Field Office

We need to raise our voices against they key actors who are carrying out Trump’s family separation order: ICE and U.S. Attorneys. ICE apprehends and separates families while US Attorneys enforce the separation in legal proceedings. We need to stand up against this incompetence and the moral abomination of family separation.

We're excited to be partnering with the National Domestic Workers Alliance, MomsRising, United We Dream, MoveOn and many others to hold family-friendly rallies across the country. Bring your friends, wheel your stroller on over, grab your lunch boxes, and make your family's voice heard loud and clear, that #FamiliesBelongTogether.

When: Friday, June 1, 12:00 PM
Where: ICE - Chicago Field Office
101 West Congress Parkway 4th Floor, Suite 4000
Chicago, IL 60605

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Action 3: Deputy Voter Registrar Training on 6/2 or 6/4

Registering voters is the first step to winning elections. As an appointed Deputy Voter Registrar, you can help activate citizen engagement by encouraging people to vote and by registering people to vote.

In Chicago, one of the ways you may be appointed is through training by the city of Chicago Board of Elections. Indivisible Illinois 9th District is hosting official training sessions. Join us if you are a currently registered voter in the city of Chicago. In the training class, you will learn who is eligible to vote, IDs needed to vote, and paperwork used to officially register voters.

Saturday June 2, 10AM (doors open 9:30 PM for meet and greet)
Where: Matteson Area Public Library, 801 School Avenue, Matteson, IL 60443

Monday, June 4 at 6 PM - 7:30 PM
Where: Vincent Restaurant (1475 W Balmoral Ave.)


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