Just say “NO!” to Trump-like policies on asylum! Deadline – March 27.

Letter from Democrats here: https://int.nyt.com/data/documenttools/letter-to-biden-immigration-priorities-final/4ed0313bbcaecaa9/full.pdf

Momsrising.org: “We all want the same thing – a safe place for our families to live and thrive. That’s exactly what parents are looking for when they reach our border and request asylum. We all want our children to be alive and well. For some parents that means they have to trek international borders to keep themselves and their children safe from persecution and violence. 

Moms know the importance of keeping their children and families safe. We know we have to do more on our border to protect those fleeing violence hoping to find asylum here. 

Our nation cannot, and should not, block vulnerable asylum seeking women, children, and families from finding safety within our borders. The right to access asylum upon arrival at a U.S. border is foundational to international and domestic refugee law.”

Comment Kit – How to write and post a comment that will count!!

The proposed rule is called “Circumvention of Lawful Pathways” and comments are due by 11:59 pm on March 27.

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Wed 12/16: Biggest gift you can give this holiday season – Call Congress to stop ICE from deporting detained children.

These kids are running out of time. They can’t wait out Trump’s last days of destruction.

Over 20 families with young children who are incarcerated by ICE at the Berks and Dilley family prisons are in imminent danger of being deported as early as TODAY. Yesterday, a federal court in Washington D.C. lifted the stay of removal that had been protecting these families from being deported. 

These families were denied the right to seek asylum under Trump administration policies that federal courts have since ruled were unlawful. ICE plans to deport these children to face death or torture in their home country. These families, who are from Haiti, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Peru, Honduras, El Salvador, and Ecuador, have been locked up in unsafe conditions throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The government should correctly apply federal law to allow the families to have their asylum claims heard. The Shut Down Berks Coalition and a coalition of national organizations are requesting urgent Congressional intervention to stop the deportations.

PLEASE MAKE THESE 5 CALLS to these members of Congress and the USCIS to ask them to take urgent action to stop these deportations.

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Mon 8/10: Comment to stop the administration from refusing asylum over COVID-19. Deadline tonight, 11:59pm EST.

Acting Director of the Department of Homeland Security Chad Wolf is unfolding another one of his horrid, xenophobic rules. While the world is shutting Americans out for being the most infected country in the world, this proposed rule would block asylum seekers from seeking protection in the U.S. under the pretext of the pandemic, based on reports of COVID where they came from, even if they’re uninfected, or have been living here for some time. The public health community has condemned the administrations repeated and false associations between immigrants and public health risk. Plus, Wolf’s official time expired before he signed this.

  • Comment here (Remember, it does not need to be long. But it needs to be in your own words.)
  • Read the rule here.
  • Read other comments here for inspiration only. Copied comments will be eliminated.

Information to use.

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Friday the 13th: Let’s fight our way out of this horror film…

Action #1: Teepee Rep. Diane Black’s office with postcards… 

Rep. Diane Black (R-TN), now running for governor, is revving up the hate-machine in her state by unleashing  H.R. 6318 – “Zero Tolerance for Illegal Entry Act”. However, this monster reaches far beyond the borders of Tennessee. It’s so toxic, there are currently no cosponsors, and it looks like a lawsuit waiting to happen. Not only does it criminalize asylum seekers, immediately turning them into felons with a year+a day sentence, and making them ineligible to ever apply for legal residence, it removes funding from public works and community development funding to sanctuary states and GIVES IT TO ICE (!). Estimates are astronomical to imprison most immigrants for a year, and it should also be noted that private prison giant, CoreCivic Inc., contributed $21,874 to Black this year, and $11,000 for the 2016 cycle.

She’s not our person, but the US mail will still delivers to her office. Note: postcard stamps are 35 cents. Here’s her address and a modest example. Share your postcard script here.

Diane Black

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Sat 6/30: Trail of tears – A very condensed history of why Central Americans are coming here.

(MAP:news.nationalgeographic.com) Updated 7/02/18

Action: Come to the protest rallies this Saturday.

Go here to find the nearest to you.

This just in – future action!

The Department of Justice, under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, is drafting a plan that would totally overhaul asylum policy in the United States.

Under the plan, people would be barred from getting asylum if they came into the US between ports of entry and were prosecuted for illegal entry. It would also add presumptions that would make it extremely difficult for Central Americans to qualify for asylum, and codify — in an even more restrictive form — an opinion written by Sessions in June that attempted to restrict asylum for victims of domestic and gang violence.

When the regulation is ready, it will be published in the Federal Register as a notice of proposed rulemaking, with 90 days for the public to comment before it’s enacted as a final regulation.


WHY are Central Americans coming here?

No, don’t go “lalalalalala – TLDR!” It’s actually really interesting, and there’s lots of foreshadowing of our future under Putin’s influence and Trump’s tender mercies in what we did to Central America over the last 60 years. Election influencing, bribes, puppet leaders, money laundering, targeting “enemies”, repressive law-making. It’s all one big drama and we’re not the heroes. If we’re angry at what’s happening to us, we should be angry at what happened to them.

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