(Quote from Slate)
There’s still a call to make…
2:08 p.m.: House Republican leaders are delaying a vote on Ryan’s terrible “compromise” immigration bill (see below) until Friday as they try to scare up the required 218 votes.
Call your legislators now and tell them you assume that they’ll vote “NO” on this one too, that they will not compromise on any “zero-tolerance” policy and that they need to demand that one set of hostages, the Dreamers, needs to be rescued now with a clean Dream Act.
Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] to tell Rep. [__] that not only to vote ‘NO’ on Ryan’s horrible immigration bill, but to also demand a clean Dream act along with the end of this administration’s inhuman “zero tolerance” policy.
Rep. Julia Brownley: (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
or Rep. Salud Carbajal: (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348
Other Contacts: http://www.phoneyourrep.com
Continue to do the basics of resistance. This is far from over.
Every day, more inspired actions come up, along with the legislative calls that are making the GOP nervous. Pile it on, people, pile it on!
- If you want to check out more positive actions to help the kids, click here.
- For more quick and easy call scripts on all the latest immigration bills, go here. Pace yourself! If you’ve never done this before, try to do two or three calls a day. Each call will take less than 30 seconds. Getting your phone set up for faster calling speeds will make it easier and more fun.
- ‘NO’ on both terrible immigration bills, a terrible anti-immigration (and everything else) judge and a member of a hate group being placed in charge of refugees. (click here)
- ‘YES’ on H.R. 5820/S.2849: “Detention Oversight, Not Expansion Act” – “DONE Act” of 2018.
- ‘YES’ on S. 2468: – Fair Day in Court for Kids Act of 2018.
- ‘YES‘ on Senator Feinstein’s new bill, S.3036 – ‘‘Keep Families Together Act’’
- ‘YES‘ on H.R. 5414 “Help Separated Families Act of 2018”
- YES‘ on H.R. 5950 – “Humane Enforcement and Legal Protections for Separated Children Act”: (S.2937- also“HELP Separated Children Act” in the Senate)
More information on Ryan’s bill
Ryan’s “compromise” between moderate Republicans and the Freedom Caucus is far from a compromise in terms of substance: it’s merely a repackaging of Trump’s goal of radically reducing the number of brown and black immigrants to this country, and increasing the deportation of brown and black immigrants who are already here.
- It Does NOT Not End Family Separations!
- Mandatory and indefinite detention for immigrant children and their parents. If passed the bill will allow for children to be kept in government detention centers for longer periods of time in jail-like hardened conditions without basic standards for their care or well-being.
- Makes it Easier to Send Away More Children More Quickly. This Republican bill eliminates protections for young immigrant children and would allow DHS to quickly deport children without fully considering their asylum claims.
- Shrinks the Number of Asylum Seekers By Making it More Difficult to Apply. It would change the law to facilitate the swift removal of asylum seekers and make it harder to apply for asylum.
- Eliminates Special Protections for Children. The bill would terminate special protections for children in jail including suitable living conditions, routine medical care and emergency health services, and recreation time and counseling services necessary for the well-being and healthy development of any child. The bill would also prohibit any government funding for counsel for children — leaving many small children without a voice in the courtroom.
- Eliminates the diversity visa program.
- Eliminates family-sponsored green cards for siblings and married adult children. Why would the world’s most valuable employees come to a country where they must leave their families behind? They can get better deals elsewhere.
- And it wastes $23 billion dollars of our tax money on border security, including wall construction and over 50,000 more immigration agents.
- DACA residents must work through a convoluted points system that may take as long as 20 years to finish. If it’s as well planned as the kid-separation issue, they will never finish.
The game’s not over yet. More information on what’s coming next.
(A great conversation from Lauren O’Neill about why the fight over kids wasn’t finished with Trump’s ridiculous executive order against himself.)
1. The Trump administration may just continue blatantly lying about this policy. (Indivisible Ventura: We’re going to substitute this article for the rest of Lauren’s paragraph on government reaction here as it’s more comprehensive.)
2. This executive order might be illegal. The result of the Supreme Court case Reno v. Flores, was the establishment of rules that the government can’t keep “accompanied” minors (i.e., kids who came here with their families) for more than 20 days. Previously, under “Flores rules,”, if it took longer than 20 days to figure out the parents’ asylum cases, etc., the policy was to keep families together, release them after up to 20 days, and have them periodically check in with ICE (which 99% of them did). Because of Trump’s zero-tolerance policy, if adults “had to” be detained for longer than 20 days, so they “had to” take away their children. The new executive order would let families stay together, but that would mean the kids are held for more than 20 days, which could get struck down in court. Then Trump could claim, “Well, I tried to help the children, but the mean judges won’t let me, so we’re just gonna have to build 100 more child camps” or whatever.
3. The 2,300 children already separated from their families will not be reunited with them. First of all, the executive order makes no provision for those 2,300 children at all and the parents’ lawyers say they haven’t received the kind of paperwork that would let them start the process. According to no less an authority than the former head of ICE (!), it would be logistically impossible to reunite them all, even if the government were trying to—and it’s not trying to. This means some of these kids will be stuck in their current detention centers indefinitely. (it’s only supposed to be 20 days, but for this 14-month-old baby, it took 85 days). The American Academy of Pediatrics says this will permanently and severely damage their health, especially the hundreds of “tender age” children currently imprisoned, many of whom are so young they’re having to rely on other kids to change their diapers.
4. Without separation, child detention camps will now become family detention camps, and the human-rights abuses will continue. It is good that small children won’t be left alone in cages to fend for themselves. Currently, there’s no way the adult-to-child ratio in these child centers meets the legal standard, and leaked audio as well as firsthand reports indicate there is constant crying, chaos, even suicide attempts in these detention centers. The unregulated tent city in the Texas heat, where minors are currently housed, vulnerable to heatstroke and dehydration, not to mention fire ants, black widows, scorpions, and disease-carrying mosquitoes, will now simply house both minors and their parents. During the Holocaust, many people were put in concentration camps with family members. They were still concentration camps.
5. Compromise is not currently a viable political strategy. It’s clear from this Trump tweet that part of his strategy with this executive order is to get Democrats to compromise. Essentially, Trump’s saying that if we give him all these racist policies (e.g., funding the wall, ending the visa lottery and other policies which he calls by names that only neo-Nazis use), he’ll end this one other racist policy (putting children in concentration camps). Obama repeatedly tried to compromise with Republicans on issue after issue, and they responded by obstructing him to the point of stealing his Supreme Court seat. This is especially true of immigration. Obama deported more people than any president before him as part of a compromise that was supposed to result in comprehensive immigration reform.
6. And now no one, either in DC or the border, knows what to do.