Thursday, June 20 - Tell MoCs to Vote No on Bad Immigration Bills / March for Families / Families Belong Together Rally

Actions You Can Take Today

 

Action 1: Tell MoCs to Vote No on Bad Immigration Bills

For decades, the United States’ immigration system has been in crisis. 11 million undocumented immigrants who live and work in our communities want nothing more than to contribute more to our country. Of that number, 1.8 million are young people -- Dreamers -- graduating from high school and college with no idea what their future holds. Tens of thousands of families from Central America -- El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras -- flee violence and seeking refuge, with legitimate claims for asylum. And while the media might sensationalize border crossings, nearly half of immigrants who become undocumented are those who arrive with valid visas.

Our antiquated immigration system was never equipped to support them, and our politicians have let them down.

Under Trump, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has had free reign and a blank check to terrorize immigrants and their families. They’ve systematically targeted immigrant communities -- aiming to jail or deport as many as possible in support of the Donald-Trump-Jeff-Sessions-Stephen-Miller-style xenophobic, racist, white supremacist agenda.

And with the family separation policy, we’ve seen just how heinous the Trump Administration’s plans were all along. Our country cannot unsee the atrocities of children torn from their parents and families in anguish. Activists and politicians alike are speaking out and proposing solutions -- but it's critical that we all understand what's on the table, and how we can support what will help, not hurt, immigrant families.

Under activist pressure, Trump signed an executive order that he claims ends family separation at the U.S. border. Trump’s solution to the crisis he created? Family jails. This is not a solution. Read more about what the order means here.

We must continue the fight for justice and resist any attempts of the Trump administration to bandage wrap this continuing humanitarian crisis. Let’s thank Democrats for supporting sensibile legislation like the Keep Families Together Act and keep the pressure on them to defund ICE and CBP to stop them from terrorizing immigrant communities.

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

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Script: Hi, my name is {NAME} and I'm a constituent in the {ZIP CODE} and member of Indivisible.  I’m calling in support of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. I’m calling today to thank [him/her] for cosponsoring the Keep Families Together Act and for speaking out against Trump’s cruel zero tolerance policy and the resulting separation of children from their parents at the border. I do also ask that [MOC] also vote NO on any future spending bills unless they REDUCE funding for ICE and CBP.

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Action 2: March for Families on Saturday

Although Trump released his executive order yesterday to halt family separation, at least temporarily, there is still NO PLAN in place to reunite the 2,300+ children who have been ripped from their parents.

There’s still plenty of work to do, and we can’t let up the public pressure now. Join us this Saturday to raise your voice against the inhumane immigration policies that have caused so much suffering.

March for Families in Lincoln Square on Saturday at 9 a.m. in Giddings Plaza (4731 N Lincoln Ave)

Families United Rally in Rogers Park on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Action 3: Families Belong Together Citywide Rally on 6/30

Still feeling fired up and ready to make a difference? Indivisible Chicago will be joining the ACLU, Amnesty International, Heartland Alliance's National Immigrant Justice Center, and many more organizations to take a stand against family separation, family detention and cruel deportation and asylum policies on June 30.

We’re expecting a huge turnout, so please volunteer as a marshal or donate funds to help us put on a peaceful, powerful event.

When: Saturday, June 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Richard J.Daley Center (50 W. Washington)
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