TELL CONGRESS to Cut Funds for Deportation, Detention, & Border Militarization and Protect Immigrant Youth

Background: President Trump and the House are requesting $4.5 billion in additional funding to expand his deportation force to tear families and communities apart, detain an unprecedented 51,379 people, and further militarize communities living along the southern U.S. border. This means billions of additional funding to balloon an already bloated immigration detention and deportation force. Congress has the “power of the purse” and can reject this proposal and defund the deportation, detention, militarization machine. It is critical that Senators and Representatives hear loud and clear that their constituents want them to defund the deportation and detention force & de-militarize the border, and are opposed to writing Trump a check to harm our community members.

Federal funding to expand a deportation force that has ripped families and communities apart is part of a broader system to attack our immigrant neighbors. President Trump terminated the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that has allowed nearly 800,000 immigrant youth to work, raise a family, and thrive in the United States. No new DACA applications filed are being considered, and current DACA recipients will see their protection revoked starting in six months. This decision is devastating and dream-crushing for young people and their communities. As the administration turns its back on immigrant youth, our elected leaders need to do everything they can to support a clean passage of the Dream Act of 2017 and protect DREAMers from deportations and being separated from their families.

Please call 3 times to connect with your Representative and both of your Senators

Sample Script: “I’m your constituent from [CITY/TOWN], and [as a person of faith] I urge you to cut  funding for detention, deportation, and border militarization. I don’t want Congress to write Trump a check to deport and detain my community members. Vote NO on Trump’s deportation funding. I also urge you to stand with all DREAMers in the United States and support a clean passage of S.1615/H.R.3440, the Dream Act of 2017.

Feel free to share a personal story about standing in solidarity with immigrants. Let them know the specific ways that immigrants are welcomed into and contribute to your community.

You can also tweet at your Senators & Representatives:

  • .@[SENATOR/REP] Don’t write Trump a check to deport & detain our community members #DefundHate #NoBanNoWallNoRaids
  • .@[SENATOR/REP]: I OPPOSE Congress writing a check for @POTUS to fund deportation, border militarization, and detention. #DefundHate
  • .@realDonaldTrump: Expanding funding for deportation force, border militarization, and detention will tear families apart. #DefundHate [what if it was yours graphic?]
  • .@realDonaldTrump: Don’t write a check to deport and detain my community members and militarize my community #DefundHate #NoBanNoWallNoRaids [defund hate graphic]
  • As a nation of immigrants, we reject Trump’s request for $ to build an un-American border wall & out-of-control deportation force. #DefundHate
  • .@[SENATOR/REP] Don’t write Trump a check to deport & detain our community members #DefundHate #NoBanNoWallNoRaids
  • Keeping families safe and together is America’s priority. @[MEMBER OF CONGRESS] say NO to #DefundHate & stop mass deportation.
  • .@[MEMBER OF CONGRESS] invest in families, NOT in Trump’s plan to tear families apart. We’re better than this #DefundHate
  • Unwanted border wall + more jails & beds + more reckless ICE agents = HATE. @[MEMBER OF CONGRESS] DON’T waste billions on hate. #DefundHate
  • .@[MEMBER OF CONGRESS] No boot. No bed. No wall. #DefundHate
  • $1.6 billion for border wall. $4.4 billion for more jail beds. $186 million for more ICE agents. America is better than this. #DefundHate

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