Feel the pain, get outraged and then take action – demand an end to family separation

Immigrant Justice

 

 

Here’s what you can do to take action right now

I’m horror struck as I’m sure you are – parents at the border are being told by government officials that their children are being taken to the showers and they never see them again.  Need I say more?

Here in Massachusetts, parents are being deported in record numbers.  Yesterday, I spent the morning at the ICE ERO office in Burlington (Enforcement and Removal Operations).  The waiting room was packed with anxious faces.  I was struck by the observation that ICE officials rarely make eye contact with people as they deliver their pronouncements with a bored, detached tone.
 

I was at the ICE ERO office with a person that the Burlington Immigrant Justice Accompaniment Team has been supporting for several months.  After years of trying to find a way to remain with his family, and spending tens of thousands of dollars on legal support, he is scheduled to leave his 5 year old son and his wife – both who are citizens – this week.  He will return to a country where he knows no one and has no plan for how is going to survive.

Feel the pain, get outraged and then take action

These events come from the Safe Communities Coalition:1. Tomorrow – Wednesday June 20:  After two very successful, back-to-back protests at the State House last week, we want to turn up the heat even more with another demonstration THIS WEDNESDAY.  Will are meeting on the State House steps at 12:30 pm and going in together at 1 pm to make some noise outside the House Chamber.

We’re lining up several speakers, with a focus on immigrants who can speak from experience, and we’re hoping for a big, visible crowd (we already have 200+ RSVPs). The message: In the face of horrific federal actions, Massachusetts MUST act ASAP to protect immigrant families! The Senate passed a budget amendment with 4 basic protections from the Safe Communities Act. House, now it’s YOUR turn. Step up and show you have moral courage and principles!

Sign up here, share on your FB feed and/or Twitter, and bring colorful signs! We’ll be making some for printing, but homemade are best! Remember, to make it through security, signs can’t have any sticks on them, and you have to be able to stuff them in a folder or backpack, or roll them up.
 

2. Also on Wednesday: Lobby Day #3. We need representatives of organizations to join us for another lobby day from 11 am to 1 pm.  (You can join the rally after!) Meet at 11 am in Room 109 for materials and lobbying targets (2 right turns after security at Beacon Street entrance). If you are unaffiliated with an organization, team up with others who are, or visit your own Rep! RSVP to Charlotte Boghossian at cboghossian@charlesgroupconsulting.com with subject line: SCA Lobby Day June 20.

3. Keep those emails coming –  let’s focus on phone calls! We’re targeting Speaker DeLeo (617-722-2500) and individual Reps (find yours at http://malegislature.gov/search/findmylegislator). See scripts below.
 

4. Keep hitting the Speaker, Chairman Sánchez and your legislators with calls to action. Sample posts are below.
 

 

Sample call script for your Rep:

Hi, my name is ____________ and I live in [city/town]. I’m calling because I’m shocked and heartbroken by what’s happening to immigrant families – not just at the border, but in Massachusetts. The Trump administration is tearing parents and children apart just to send a message, and I think that’s immoral.

I want to know what Rep. [ name ] is doing about it. I know you haven’t passed the Safe Communities Act, and even though the Senate included basic protections for immigrants in the 2019 state budget, the House seems to be dragging its feet, and we’re almost out of time.

Will you commit to fighting to ensure those immigrant protections make it into the final budget? I’m counting on you. Thank you!
 

 

Sample call script for Speaker DeLeo:

Hi, my name is ____________ and I live in [city/town]. I’m calling because I’m shocked and heartbroken by what’s happening to immigrant families – not just at the border, but in Massachusetts. The Trump administration is tearing parents and children apart just to send a message, and I think that’s immoral.

I want to know what the House is going to do about this. I called my Rep, but I know that any decision is really up to leadership. I know you haven’t passed the Safe Communities Act, and even though the Senate included basic protections for immigrants in the 2019 state budget, the House seems to be dragging its feet.

We’re almost out of time. Will you commit to including those immigrant protections in the final budget? The people of Massachusetts are counting on you. Thank you!
 

 

Sample tweets and Facebook posts:

Note: For Facebook posts, just omit the handles and hashtags (you can use #FamiliesNotFear on FB too, but hashtags are more of a Twitter thing). All of these can be directed to @SpeakerDeLeo and @Jeffrey_Sanchez too (tag 1, 2 or both + your Rep at once).

Immigrant families are being torn apart, and Mass. sheriffs are *helping*???@YourRepsHandle put a stop to this ASAP! Make sure FY2019 state budget includes basic protections for immigrants! #FamiliesNotFear https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/editorials/2018/06/14/modest-immigration-reforms-mass-could-send-powerful-message/wnGpYDUZ6w1gy8iZ9QUPcL/story.html

Then they came for the #immigrants… and Massachusetts did NOTHING?@YourRepsHandle it’s well past time to protect our families! Include basic provisions from #SafeCommunitiesAct in the FY2019 budget!

Families aren’t just being torn apart at the border – @ICEgov does it in Mass. communities every day. @YourRepsHandle, will you pledge to protect immigrants in the FY2019 budget? #FamiliesNotFear
[ this one goes really well with the ACLU video below ]
 

 

Some more helpful links to include in emails and post on social media:

• The Globe editorial supporting our budget amendment (focused on 287(g)): https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/editorials/2018/06/14/modest-immigration-reforms-mass-could-send-powerful-message/wnGpYDUZ6w1gy8iZ9QUPcL/story.html

• Column on Lucimar De Souza, who was jailed for 99 days before the ACLU had her freed: https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2018/06/17/how-immigration-policy-has-affected-one-mother-and-her-child/s44CuFjpeWAcUBnDlb4PzL/story.html or even better, share the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NlQpblIfAc

• Damning Berkshire Eagle editorial: http://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/governor-playing-politicswith-ice-amendment,540940

Or check out the @MIRACoalition feed on Twitter for lots of material on family separations, or @ProgressiveMass for lots of call-to-action posts.


What’s Happening at the Border:

Audio Recording of Children imprisoned in detention, M. L Nestel June 19

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I’ll be at the UU General Assembly in Kansas City this week.  Please take whatever action you can!  I’ll be sure to send updates as I connect with UUs here at GA!

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Laura Wagner
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