Monday, June 10 - End Immigrant Abuse / Indivisible Chapter Meeting / Indivisible Chicago Podcast

Actions You Can Take Today

 

Action 1: Demand Congress Act to End Abuses of Detained Immigrants

Appalling stories continue to emerge about abuses of immigrants detained at the border. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is currently detaining over 53,000 immigrants in for-profit internment facilities nationwide. The record-breaking spike in immigrant detention stems from a Trump administration policy to arrest nearly all undocumented immigrants.

The draconian policy has led to dangerous overcrowding at ICE facilities, with one processing facility holding 900 people despite having a maximum capacity of 125. The explosion of detentions has also masked horrifying human rights abuses by immigration enforcement, including the confiscation of immigrants’ necessary medication, the abandonment of 37 children in a van in the Texas heat for 39 hours, and ongoing denial of necessary medical care to detainees—sometimes with deadly consequences. Meanwhile, an 800,000 case backlog in the overloaded, under-resourced immigration court system guarantees immigrants will languish in dangerous conditions for far too long.

Despite having directly manufactured this humanitarian crisis, the Trump administration continues to demand additional funding for ICE and detention facilities and refuse accountability for ICE and Border Patrol’s abuses. Congress must unequivocally oppose these funding requests, demand an end to mass detention of all undocumented immigrants, and advocate for sufficient funding for the immigration court system to alleviate overcrowding.

Script: Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from [zip code] and a member of Indivisible. I'm outraged and appalled by the reports of abuses of detained immigrants, from massive overcrowding to denial of necessary medical care to children. I urge [NAME] to demand a robust investigation of immigration enforcement practices and detention conditions, deny additional funding to ICE, and allocate adequate funding to immigration courts to ensure timely processing of asylum applications.

Action via 5calls.org

Action 2: Indivisible Printer’s Row Chapter Meeting on 6/17

This month, Indivisible Printer’s Row is bringing a special guest to their meeting: Jeff Raines, Communications and Engagement Director at CHANGE Illinois. His talk will focus around what's at stake in the 2020 census and how a census undercount will negatively impact Illinois' future congressional and legislative maps. He will also discuss what is happening around redistricting reform in Illinois and what could happen at the Supreme Court this month on partisan gerrymandering.

Meeting Agenda:

  • 7 p.m.: Arrive early for socializing and ordering your refreshments

  • 7:30 p.m.: Meeting starts

  • 7:45-8:15 p.m.: Speaker talk with Q&A

  • 8:15-9 p.m.: Regular meeting agenda

When: Monday, June 17 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Bar Louie (47 W. Polk St.)

 

Action 3: Indivisible Chicago Podcast

Every Sunday, Indivisible Chicago members Tom Moss releases a new episode of the Indivisible Chicago Podcast (ICP). It’s a great way to keep up with the latest news about the Indivisible movement on a local level and to stay plugged in to upcoming efforts around the city.

Opening: Governor Pritzker campaigned on shifting the state to a progressive income tax—just like most every other state not to mention the federal government. Just what makes a progressive income tax fair and a flat tax regressive? Calculate how you’ll fare with the Fair Tax.

Interview: This legislative session was one for the record books. A balanced budget, a flurry of high profile bills passed, and even some bipartisan success. It almost makes you wonder if there’s anything left to do next year! This week, we recap the highlights of the 2019 bill-passing season with State Representative and friend of the podcast Ann Williams.

Daily Actions Editor