Thursday, July 12 - Protect Immigrant Families with Temporary Protected Status / Protect Immigrants in Illinois / Alternatives to Calling the Police

Actions You Can Take Today

  • Action 1: Tell MoCs to protect immigrants with Temporary Protected Status

    • 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. Download and start using it)

  • Action 2: Tell Governor Rauner to sign three pro-immigrant bills: SB 34, SB 35, and SB 3488

    • Call Gov. Rauner | Springfield Office 217-782-0244 | Chicago Office 312-814-2121

  • Action 3: Attend Alternatives to Calling the Police During Mental Health Crises on Saturday, July 14 from noon to 3 p.m. at Axis Lab (1120 W. Argyle St.)

 

Action 1: Protect Immigrant Families with Temporary Protected Status

Trump’s zero tolerance border policy, which has led to unconscionable family separations, is not the only policy threatening to tear immigrant families apart. The termination of temporary protected status (TPS) for 406,000 immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, and Honduras is also a dire threat to immigrant families.

TPS allows immigrants from countries affected by natural disasters, violence, and other dangers to remain in the US until conditions in their home nations improve. The designation is reviewed regularly and has been renewed 14 times for Hondurans, 13 times for Salvadorans, and 4 times for Haitians. Nevertheless, the Trump administration has terminated TPS protections; TPS ends first for Haitians in late July 2019, for Salvadorans in mid-September 2019, and for Hondurans in January 2020.

273,000 children of TPS recipients are US-born citizens who have never lived in their parents’ home countries. With the end of TPS, however, parents will have to choose between uprooting their children’s lives to move back to their dangerous home countries, remaining in the US illegally, or leaving their children behind altogether. No parent should ever have to face this impossible choice.

Congress must call upon the president to reverse the TPS termination decisions and craft legislation to authorize permanent residency and a pathway to citizenship for TPS recipients who have called this country home for years.

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 in the {ZIP CODE} and member of Indivisible. I’m calling to urge {MoC} to advocate for the temporary protected status termination to be reversed and for a pathway to citizenship for TPS recipients. Returning TPS recipients to still-dangerous home countries will put their lives at risk, further destabilize their birth nations, and separate thousands of people from their US-born, citizen children.Thank you.

Action and script via 5calls.org

 

Action 2: Tell Governor Rauner to  Protect Immigrants in Illinois

In April, 150 people joined the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) in Springfield to advocate for laws that would make Illinois more welcoming for all. They pushed for policy changes that will:

  • Improve U Visa certifications for domestic violence and other crime survivors (SB 34)

  • Create policies that protect against immigration arrests in courthouses, schools, hospitals and other sensitive locations (SB35)

  • Prevent Illinois from creating or participating in a registry that singles out resident based on religion, national origin or race (SB 3488)

These bills passed the Illinois legislature and are now on Governor Rauner’s desk. Call on him to sign these bills!   

Call Gov. Rauner | Springfield Office 217-782-0244 | Chicago Office 312-814-2121

Script: Hi, my name is {NAME} and I'm a constituent in the {ZIP CODE}. I’m calling to ask Governor Rauner to sign three bills that will help protect immigrants in Illinois: SB 34, SB 35, and SB 3488. These bills would help survivors of domestic violence; create safe zones around courthouses, schools, and hospitals; and prevent Illinois from creating a discriminatory registry. Please support these bills and make Illinois a more welcoming state. Thank you!

Action via ICIRR.

 

Action 3: Alternatives to Calling the Police Workshop 7/14

Alternatives To Calling Police During Mental Health Crises is a community-based movement to train people in de-escalation techniques and protect community members with mental illness from police violence and the criminal justice system.

The workshop intends to ask and discuss questions:

  • How do marginalized identities intersect during mental health crises and how does this affect treatment by police?

  • What are the ways to support people in mental health crises?

  • How can we take care of ourselves and others?

  • How can we create a community of support?

This workshop helps people imagine what a world without police can look like: a world where widespread over-policing and mass incarceration are replaced with crisis intervention, community response teams, and restorative justice.

When: Saturday, July 14 from noon to 3 p.m.
Where: Axis Lab (1120 W. Argyle St.)
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Action via ACPDMHC and Axis Lab
Sponsored by: Propeller Fund and Crossroads Fund.

Daily Actions Editor