Thurs 6/27: Yeah, they’re concentration camps…so now what do we do?

Action #1 – If you  haven’t called your legislators on HR 2415/S.1243 – Dignity for Detained immigrants” yet – start here.

Go to this link and follow the instructions in Action #3 on that page to make a 10-second call to your legislators.

Action #2 – Check out local activities!

Activities listed here.

Action #3 – Congress’s final funding bill must comply with humanitarian basics.

Both houses have passed their bills for funding addressing the humanitarian crisis at the border. Both versions include stipulations regarding migrant care and prohibit the use of the funds for a border wall. However, the Senate bill offers the Pentagon funding and has fewer rules on how agencies can appropriate the funds. The House bill has many more restrictions on how the administration can use the money and contains clear standards for the care of children. It also bans the HHS secretary from waiving requirements for facilities designated as “emergency influx shelters”, which is how the administration has gotten around the 20 days maximum of the Flores Settlement. This is  how some kids in Homestead, Florida have ended up detained for as much as 8 or 9 months. Next, our legislators have to reconcile the two versions.

Minimal script to all your legislators: I’m calling from [zip code]. I want Rep./Sen. [___] to approve only an emergency funding bill that respects the Flores amendment requirements and prevents any cash flow to ICE and DHS that’s not for humanitarian purposes.

(Contact info. in Action #2 below)

Action #4 – Encourage your legislator to transition from ally to activist. Office meetings and phone calls to start concentration camp hearings.

Office meeting: For those who are interested in doing this with our local representative, we’ll be having a sign-up sheet at our next 3rd Thursday event, or write to We will also be writing letters to our legislators as well, postcards to dormant voters and sharing our plans for campus voter registration efforts.

Phone script to all your legislators: I’m calling from [zip code]. I want Rep./Sen. [___] to demand investigations into the inhumane conditions suffered by those in ICE custody at the border.

Contacts for Actions #1 and 2
Rep. Julia Brownley: email, (CA-26): DC (202) 225-5811, Oxnard (805) 379-1779, T.O. (805) 379-1779
or Rep. Salud Carbajal:
 email. (CA-24): DC (202) 225-3601, SB (805) 730-1710 SLO (805) 546-8348
Senator Feinstein: email, DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
and Senator Harris: email, DC (202) 224-3553, LA (213) 894-5000, SAC (916) 448-2787, Fresno (559) 497-5109, SF (415) 355-9041, SD (619) 239-3884
Who is my representative/senator?: 

Action #5 – Encourage hotels to stop enabling mass deportations.

Our outrage got ol’ “We’ll leave the light on for you” Motel 6 to stop providing guest information to ICE. Oh, and a multi-million dollar settlement to those who were targeted. (Hey, guess how ICE decided which guests to needed a closer look.)

Over the weekend, news broke of ICE’s plan to use hotels as temporary jails for immigrant round-ups, aka the “Family Op“. ICE uses this tactic often. In fact, we know that budget hotel chains within Best Western, Choice, Drury, G6 Hospitality, Hilton, InterContinental Hotels Group, Marriott, Red Roof and Wyndham have collaborated with ICE in the past.

You know what to do… Sign this petition to  those hotels asking them to publicly refuse to let ICE use their properties as jails for immigrants. Hospitality and incarceration are a nasty mix.

Action #6 – Tweet for good!

The plight of children held in terrifying and squalid conditions, forcibly separated from their families is almost too much to bear, but we cannot look away. As we look instead for ways to help, we can click here to join Action Together Network’s Twitter Warriors’ “Help the Kids in Camps” Twitter storm this Sunday, June 30, at 8pm EST. (This link gives us easy to send, prewritten tweets with 30 ways to help these suffering children that we can share with our families friends and social media followers:

Action #7 – Donate!

We’ve seen the news reports…The Border Patrol is rejecting private donations of soap, shampoo, toothbrushes and other basics, claiming that “Without a change in law, DHS, CPB and Border Patrol cannot accept those private donations”. The organizations that do the work amongst this population have put together an amazing website to make it easy to donate here.

Advocates say that one of the most effective ways of reuniting children and families is to pay their bail. Bail funds listed at the end of this article. The three CA funds are listed below.

Action #8 – Check back tomorrow.

So much…we’ll be doing the 2nd half tomorrow.

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