Legislative Actions for Immigrant Families

This page will be updated as new information comes in. (Updated 7/02/18)

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#1 – ‘YES’ on  H.R. 5820/S.2849: “Detention Oversight, Not Expansion Act” – “DONE Act” of 2018.

U.S. Senator Merkley was threatened with arrest when he tried to inspect conditions at a Brownsville, TX privately-run child-detention center, which raises serious questions about what they are trying to conceal from Congress and the public. HR 5820S.2849 the Detention Oversight, Not Expansion Act (DONE Act) that halts expansion of detention facilities in favor less costly and more humane community-based alternatives and requires unannounced independent inspections and audits to ensure compliance with federal laws.

(Introduced by Senator Harris, there are currently no co-signers, so we need to get busy.) 

Minimal script for representatives: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Rep. [___] to cosponsor HR 5820 the Detention Oversight, Not Expansion Act (DONE Act).

Check here to see if your representative has signed it yet. (Neither Brownley or Carbajal have signed yet.)

Contact:
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

Minimal script for senators: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Sen. [___] to cosponsor S.2849 the Detention Oversight, Not Expansion Act (DONE Act).

Check here to see if your senator has signed it yet. (Feinstein hasn’t signed on yet.)

Senator Feinstein: DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
Thank Senator Harris: here
Other senators: http://www.phoneyourrep.com

#2 – ‘YES’ on S. 2468: – Fair Day in Court for Kids Act of 2018.

“Every day the U.S. government brings children into immigration court where they are forced to defend themselves without counsel. (See fact sheet here) As a result, thousands of children, some as young as 3 and 4 years old, are ordered deported without legal representation.” Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) has introduced S. 2468: Fair Day in Court for Kids Act of 2018. It currently has 14 co-sponsors.

Check here to see if your senators have signed on. Thank them if they have (YES, CA gets to thank both Feinstein and Harris!), but if not,  ask them to do so. It shouldn’t even be an issue.

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Sen. [___] to cosponsor S. 2468: Fair Day in Court for Kids Act of 2018.

Thank Senator Feinstein: here
Thank Senator Harris: here
Other senators: http://www.phoneyourrep.com

#3 – Yes on Senator Feinstein’s new bill, S.3036 – ‘‘Keep Families Together Act’’

This bill’s intent is to limit authorities’ ability to separate families punitively. Agencies would be prohibited from removing a child from his or her parent or legal guardian, at or near the port of entry or within 100 miles of the border of the United States, unless a state court or county child welfare agency has determined that the child is unsafe while remaining with their parent or legal guardian.

Minimal script for senators: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Sen. [___] to support  Senator Feinstein’s new bill – ‘S.3036 – “Keep Families Together Act’’

Check here to see if your senators have signed on. Thank them if they have. (Senator Harris has cosponsored this, so thanks to both our Senators.)

Thank Senator Feinstein: here
Thank Senator Harris: here
Other senators: http://www.phoneyourrep.com

#4 – Yes on H.R. 5414 “Help Separated Families Act of 2018”

HR 5414  and HR 5950 are similar bills that protect the safety and well-being of minor children who have been left alone and vulnerable after their parents have been arrested or detained by U.S. immigration authorities.”

 HR 5414 amends the Social Security Act to ensure that immigration status does not disqualify a parent, legal guardian, or relative from being a placement for a foster child, to authorize discretion to a State, county, or other political subdivision of a State to delay filing for termination of parental rights in foster care cases in which an otherwise fit and willing parent or legal guardian has been deported or is involved in (including detention pursuant to) an immigration proceeding, unless certain conditions have been met, and for other purposes.

Check here if your congressperson is already cosponsoring HR 5414. (Brownley and Carbajal are NOT on this yet. Make the ask!)

Minimal script for representatives: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Rep. [___] to support both HR 5414 – “Help Separated Families Act of 2018”.

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 Reps: http://www.phoneyourrep.com

#5 – Yes on H.R. 5950 – “Humane Enforcement and Legal Protections for Separated Children Act”: (S.2937-  also“HELP Separated Children Act” in the Senate)

HR 5950/S.2937 protect children affected by immigration enforcement actions.

Minimal script for representatives: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Rep. [___] to support both HR 5414  and HR 5950.

Check here if your congressperson is already cosponsoring  HR 5950 (Brownley and Carbajal are NOT on this yet. Make the ask!)

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 Reps: http://www.phoneyourrep.com

Minimal script for senators: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Sen. [___] to support S.2937 -protect children affected by immigration enforcement actions.

Check here if your senator is already cosponsoring S.2937. (Senator Harris is already a cosponsor, Feinstein isn’t. Give her a call.)

Senator Feinstein: DC (202) 224-3841, LA (310) 914-7300, SF (415) 393-0707, SD (619) 231-9712, Fresno (559) 485-7430
Thank Senator Harris: here
Other senators: http://www.phoneyourrep.com