Thursday, April 18 - Support TPS for Venezuelans / Fair Tax Day of Action

Actions You Can Take Today


Action 1: Tell Congress to Support TPS for Venezuelans

Venezuela is in the midst of an unprecedented political, economic, and humanitarian crisis. More than three million Venezuelans have fled the country due to widespread shortages of food, medicine, water, and electricity, severe hunger and malnutrition, rampant violent crime, and ruthless government repression. The ongoing crisis, compounded by the looming threat of military intervention and escalating tensions between the United States and Russia in Venezuela, prevents Venezuelan nationals from safely returning to their country.

House Representative Darren Soto (D-FL) and Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) have introduced complementary legislation (H.R.549 and S.636) to designate Venezuela under section 244 of the Immigration and Nationality Act to permit nationals of Venezuela to be eligible for temporary protected status (TPS). TPS would provide a work permit and stay of deportation for Venezuelans currently residing in the United States for a period of 18 months. The Senate bill has an additional section which would provide support and technical assistance to countries in the region to improve their capacity to provide migration services and asylum to eligible Venezuelan citizens.

Senator Durbin already supports this bill. Call on Senator Duckworth and your Representative to do the same.

Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible. I'm calling in support of [H.R. 549 for House/S. 636 for Senate], the Venezuela TPS Act of 2019. It's our moral duty to support Venezuelans through this political and humanitarian crisis. Thank you for your time and attention.

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Action 2: Fair Tax Day of Action in Springfield on 4/30

It's time Illinois has a tax system that works for everyone, not just the wealthy few. That's why we hope you'll join us on April 30 in Springfield for the Fair Tax Day of Action! With the legislature planning to vote on the fair tax amendment in the coming weeks, there's never been a more important time to make our voices heard on this critical issue. The program will kick off at noon on the Capitol Square. Please stay following the program to lobby your legislator.

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