Tues 6/19 – Fight with for the kids. Fight for America.

Tuesday’s (3) three actions on immigration: Call out the two terrible immigration bills, one terrible judicial nomination and the terrible guy who’s supposed to watch over refugees. 

  • If you want to check out positive actions to help the kids, click here.
  • For more quick and easy call scripts on all the latest immigration bills, go here.

Hey, the GOP is taking our human rights ball and going home.

The administration says we’re leaving the UN Human Rights Council over “anti-Israel bias“. Apparently we’ve also had concerns over their loose criteria for membership and wanted the ability to kick countries that have egregious human rights records off the council.

Countries just like us, it seems. The expected announcement comes a day after the U.N.’s top human rights official criticized the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy.

So let’s get back to our own home-grown human rights violations!

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Mon – 6/11: “Mr. President…there’s someone from the UN human rights office out in the hall…”

(Update: We are repeating this action from Friday to add in Senator Feinstein’s new bill. If you’re in her district, thank her. If you’re not, please call your senator to support it. If you haven’t made the calls listed below yet, please do so today. These are literally the most effective daily acts of resistance you can make.)

Update: Join us on June 14th, between 4 pm and 6 pm at the corner of the County Government Center for a Families Belong Together rally. More information here.  

On this day, thousands of people across the US will join marches, rallies, and vigils to protest the administration’s cruel and inhumane treatment of immigrants and asylum seekers.  If you’re not in Ventura, go here for the nearest rally or march.  There’s one in Carpinteria, and one in LA.

We do not have a good history of dealing with immigrants’ children. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) reported that earlier waves of unaccompanied minors were subjected to “a pattern of intimidation, harassment, physical abuse, refusal of medical services, and improper deportation” by the US Customs and Border Patrol between 2009 and 2014 . However, since there wasn’t a lot of photographic evidence at the time, the public hadn’t understood exactly what was being done in our name.

We can’t pretend not to see what’s happening anymore. The Trump administration has supersized our problem right onto the front page by tearing kids from their sobbing mothers on film. Senator Merkley then poked the wasp nest by making a highly publicized field trip to a Southwest Key Program shelter in Brownsville, TX. Originally for unaccompanied minors, the shelter now houses kids separated from their parents who were seeking asylum at our border. (wapo) (newsweek) (slate)  We believe this video has gone viral because, even without seeing the actual interior conditions, aspects of his visit made us uneasy.

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Fri – 6/8: “Mr. President…there’s someone from the UN human rights office out in the hall…”

We do not have a good history of dealing with immigrants’ children. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) reported that earlier waves of unaccompanied minors were subjected to “a pattern of intimidation, harassment, physical abuse, refusal of medical services, and improper deportation” by the US Customs and Border Patrol between 2009 and 2014 . However, since there wasn’t a lot of photographic evidence at the time, the public hadn’t understood exactly what was being done in our name.

We can’t pretend not to see what’s happening anymore. The Trump administration has supersized our problem right onto the front page by tearing kids from their sobbing mothers on film. Senator Merkley then poked the wasp nest by making a highly publicized field trip to a Southwest Key Program shelter in Brownsville, TX. Originally for unaccompanied minors, the shelter now houses kids separated from their parents who were seeking asylum at our border. (wapo) (newsweek) (slate)  We believe this video has gone viral because, even without seeing the actual interior conditions, aspects of his visit made us uneasy.

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Fri 6/1: Don’t let this guy sneak in!

“NO” on Trump’s racist nominee to “oversee” (aka “destroy from within”) the Bureau charged with protecting refugees and immigrants. 

President Trump announced he has selected Ronald Mortensen, an anti-immigration advocate to be the Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM). Mortensen works for the notorious white-nationalist organization, Center for Immigration Studies, and would be the fourth individual from this anti-immigrant hate group to join the Trump administration. Mortensen’s record directly undermines the bureau’s mission to protect refugees and victims of conflict. Mortensen should not be confirmed by the Senate.

Sample Script: I’m calling from [zip code] to urge Senator [___] to vote NO on Ronald Mortensen as Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration.

More script if you want it: Mortensen’s xenophobic rhetoric and long history of antagonism to the rights of refugees and immigrants undermines the bureau’s core mission to protect refugees and victims of conflict.

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Thurs 5/10: “Child-abuse-by-government” is now official policy. We cannot be silent.

It is also a crimeRoutine separation of asylum-seeking families violates international law.  From slavery to Manzanar, we already know that America is capable of grave moral lapses. In the future, school children will wonder how we, literally a nation of immigrants, stood by and let this happen to children like them.

Part #1 – First we rip kids away from their parents…

At a law enforcement conference in Arizona, AG Jeff Sessions declared that the Department of Justice will try to deter those seeking asylum with a policy of “100% prosecution” of all who enter the U.S. illegally and separating parents from children instead of keeping them in a detention center together. “If you are smuggling a child then we will prosecute you, and that child will be separated from you as required by law.”

Homeland Security is cruelly separating families at the border for no legitimate reason. Immigration authorities have separated at least 700 children from their families, and about a hundred of them are under the age of four. Continue reading “Thurs 5/10: “Child-abuse-by-government” is now official policy. We cannot be silent.”

March 27 – ACLU’s Immigrant Defense Campaign to share – #WeHaveRights

The ACLU and the Brooklyn Defender Services have created “WE HAVE RIGHTS”, a national immigration defense campaign that will provide critical information to communities threatened by Immigration & Custom Enforcement (ICE) and engage the broader American public in an urgent conversation about immigrant justice in our country. Help share this information with their great social media kit.

As anxiety rises in immigrant communities across the country and ICE becomes more brazen each day, there is an urgent need for reliable information that helps immigrant communities understand their rights as well as safe, practical steps they can take to defend themselves during encounters with ICE.

Whether you are an immigrant who needs this information or an ally aghast at the rising threat to your friends, loved ones and neighbors, it is critical for all of us to watch these videos to see what is happening in our country.

There is also great information on  the rights of allies during an encounter with ICE. Observers have the right to take notes, videotape an arrest, and ask for identification and badge numbers of officers, but must never interfere with an arrest. If someone is arrested, they should be locatable in 24 hours here: locator.ICE.gov.

Information and videos are provided in 7 languages here.

When ICE is outside our doors

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