- PROTECT IMMIGRANT FAMILIES WITH TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS July 12, 2018 @ 7:02 pm
Trump’s zero tolerance border policy, which has led to unconscionable family separations, is not the only policy threatening to tear immigrant families apart. The termination of temporary protected status (TPS) for 406,000 immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, and Honduras is also a dire threat to immigrant families. TPS allows immigrants from countries affected by natural disasters, violence, and other dangers to remain in the US until conditions in their home nations improve. The designation is reviewed regularly and has been renewed 14 times for Hondurans, 13 times for Salvadorans, and 4 times for Haitians. US diplomats from each of these countries, as well as the US Southern Command, have urged the Trump administration to leave TPS in place, noting that deporting TPS recipients en masse will only worsen their home nations’ instability. Nevertheless, the Trump administration has terminated TPS protections for Haiti, El Salvador, and Honduras. TPS ends first for Haitians in late July 2019, for Salvadorans in mid-September 2019, and for Hondurans in January 2020.
273,000 children of TPS recipients are US-born citizens who have never lived in their parents’ home countries. With the end of TPS, however, parents will have to choose between uprooting their children’s lives to move back to their dangerous home countries, remaining in the US illegally, or leaving their children behind altogether. No parent should ever have to face this impossible choice. Congress must call upon the president to reverse the TPS termination decisions and craft legislation to authorize permanent residency and a pathway to citizenship for TPS recipients who have called this country home for years.
Call this office:
Rep Michael R. Turner 202-225-6465
Hi, my name is [NAME] and I’m a constituent from Dayton.
I’m calling to urge Rep. Michael R. Turner to advocate for the temporary protected status termination to be reversed and for a pathway to citizenship for TPS recipients. Returning TPS recipients to still-dangerous home countries will put their lives at risk, further destabilize their birth nations, and separate thousands of people from their US-born, citizen children.
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- Oppose Kavanaugh July 11, 2018 @ 9:16 am
Earlier this week, Trump announced his nomination to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court: Brett Kavanaugh. (Click here to read Indivisible’s latest resource on why Kavanaugh should be stopped.)
Kavanaugh is one of the most cravenly partisan choices Trump could have made. He’s been called the “Forrest Gump of Republican politics,” as he seems to always show up in high-stakes, far-right political battles and conspiracy theories. In fact, his “excessive partisanship” delayed his confirmation to the DC Circuit in 2003 by not one, not two, but three years, and only then passed by a 57 to 43 vote. His long, partisan history even had Mitch McConnell scrambling to encourage Trump to make another pick just three days ago. We. can. win. this.
We need you to keep calling putting pressure on our Senators. We need every single Democrat to oppose his confirmation – and a few Republicans as well.
Kavanaugh’s track record makes it clear why we need to stop him:
- Reproductive Rights: Ruled to block a 17-year-old girl in immigration detention from getting an abortion, claiming that a delay in granting her one was not an undue burden. Also ruled in 2015 that the Affordable Care Act’s birth control coverage mandate infringed on religious liberty.
- Healthcare/ACA: Argued in a 2011 dissent that the president should be able to refuse to enforce the ACA even if the Supreme Court upheld the law’s constitutionality.* Russia Investigation: Wrote in 2009 that presidents should be exempt from civil lawsuits and criminal investigations or prosecutions while in office. If Mueller’s investigation ends up in front of the Supreme Court, Kavanaugh will surely vote to protect Trump.
- Gun Laws: Dissented on a 2011 ruling to uphold a ban on assault weapons and require all fire arms be registered.
- Voting Rights: Wrote an opinion upholding a 2011 South Carolina voter-ID law that would disenfranchise thousands of voters.
- Environment: Ruled on various occasions that environmental regulations on pollution, animals, and climate issues are legal overreach.
- Consumer Rights: Dissented from a ruling that upheld the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the agency put in place after the 2008 recession.
- Workers’ Rights: Wrote an opinion in 2016 allowing employers to block workers’ right to picket in arbitration agreements.
- Education: Praised previous SCOTUS judges for trying to remove the separation of church and state as it pertained to schools and wrote that public schools should be allowed to deliver prayers over the loud speaker at football games.
- Net Neutrality: Called it an unlawful violation of the First Amendment.
Call Senators Brown and Portman today and ask them to oppose Kavanaugh. You can find personalized call scripts for each Senator on our website.
Senator Brown (202) 224-2315
Sen. Portman (202) 224-3353
- Tell your Senators: Oppose Kavanaugh, Trump’s SCOTUS Nominee July 10, 2018 @ 8:32 am
It’s happened: Trump has announced his nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. On July 9th, Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court and set the stage for a monumental shift in the Court’s makeup. If Trump is successful at getting Kavanaugh confirmed, the Court will work to preserve the Trump agenda for decades to come. Key issues that affect us all hang in the balance, including reproductive rights, access to health care, LGBTQ rights, environmental protections, and much more.
The only way we can defeat Kavanaugh is to:
Get to 51 votes. To start, we need 49 “no” votes from EVERY SINGLE SENATE DEMOCRAT to have a fighting chance. To get to 51, we need a couple Republican Senators. The two most logical targets are Senators Collins (ME) and Murkowski (AK).
Call your senator. Tell your Senator to commit immediately to opposing Trump’s nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. Use the individualized call scripts below.
Caller: Hello! My name is ___ and I’m calling from [part of state]. Can you please tell me how Senator Brown plans to vote on the Brett Kavanaugh nomination?
Staffer: Hello, nice to talk with you! The Senator plans to vote against the Kavanaugh nomination. The stakes are too high.
Caller: Thank you! I’m very glad to hear that. Too much hangs in the balance to let Trump fill this seat Judge Kavanaugh. We know he’s ruled in the past to block women from having abortions and to sabotage the Affordable Care Act. He’s also considered one of the most anti-environment judges in America and has ruled against protecting net neutrality. He wouldn’t have been on Trump’s list of 25 potential nominees in the first place if Trump weren’t confident that he would strike down the Affordable Care Act, overturn a woman’s right to choose or harm LGBTQ rights. Nothing in Judge Kavanaugh’s record demonstrates otherwise.
Staffer: Thank you, the Senator agrees with you. I’ll make sure they get your message.
Caller: Hello! My name is ___ and I’m calling from [part of state]. Can you please tell me how Senator Portman plans to vote on the Kavanaugh nomination?
Staffer: The Senator is going to support the Kavanaugh nomination.
Caller: That’s terrible. Too much hangs in the balance to let Trump fill this seat with Judge Kavanaugh. We know he’s ruled in the past to block women from having abortions. He wouldn’t have been on Trump’s list of 25 potential nominees in the first place if Trump weren’t confident that he would strike down the Affordable Care Act, overturn a woman’s right to choose or harm LGBTQ rights. Nothing in Judge Kavanaugh’s record demonstrates otherwise.
Staffer: The Senator disagrees with you. He/she believes we need to fill this seat with a qualified and principled conservative like Judge Kavanaugh.
Caller: Dismantling health care, LGBTQ rights, or a woman’s right to choose would hurt thousands of people in our state, and Senator Portman will be complicit. I am extremely disappointed that Senator Portman is once again nothing but a rubber stamp for Donald Trump.
- Win the Supreme Court Fight July 3, 2018 @ 8:49 am
Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement sets up a monumental shift in the balance of the Supreme Court. Kennedy was often (but not always) a moderating force on the Court, and was key to many instrumental decisions on issues that affect us all.
- Support Refugees and Immigrants June 27, 2018 @ 11:26 am
Yesterday, the Supreme Court upheld the Muslim Ban.
Today, we need to show our support for the immigrants and refugees who come to this country seeking a better life.
Below are a few actions you can take today to support immigrants:
1. Donate to or volunteer with our local Catholic Social Services. They are the only Refugee Resettlement organization in the area and have had their funding slashed as a result of Trump’s attacks on refugees. They are still providing vital services to refugees in the area and need your help. Find out more here: https://cssmv.org/
2. Support local organizations working to help detained families. Here are two organizations doing incredible work that could use some support:
HOLA Ohio: https://www.gofundme.com/help-detained-ohio-farmworkers
3. Join us on June 30 in Courthouse Sq for a Families Belong Together – Sister Rally: https://www.facebook.com/events/597008927335223/
4. Contact your MOCs today ask them to defund family separation and immigration detention.
Sen. Sherrod Brown: 202-224-2315
Sen. Rob Portman:
Rep. Mike Turner: 202-225-6754
Hello, my name is [NAME] and my address is [ADDRESS]. I’m calling to ask [MOC NAME] to cut funding for family separation and ICE’s abusive immigration detention and deportation system. We must not be complicit in these human rights abuses. U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement must be held accountable for its human rights abuses and you have the power to do so. Our taxpayer dollars should be used to strengthen families and communities, not tear them apart.
Please stand with your constituents and demand significant cuts to ICE and its efforts to rip families apart, including those lawfully seeking asylum in the U.S. Thank you for your time.
*Call Script comes to us from the National Immigration Justice Center
- Vote NO on Stand Your Ground June 26, 2018 @ 10:03 am
The Ohio House could vote on HB 228, a Stand Your Ground Bill as early as tomorrow. Call your state representative now and tell them to vote NO on this dangerous bill.
Currently, if someone is claiming that they shot someone in self-defense, they need to prove that they made a reasonable effort to avoid the deadly confrontation and retreat from the situation first. Legally, deadly force must be a last resort right now.
This bill not only eliminates the legal requirement that someone retreat, but also makes it incredibly challenging to successfully prosecute anyone claiming self-defense by shifting the burden of proof onto the prosecutor. Defendants will no longer be required to provide any evidence that they were acting in self-defense in order to successfully make that claim.
The homicide rate has increased 8% on average in states that have already passed Stand Your Ground laws, according to multiple studies: http://time.com/4569145/florida-stand-your-ground-law-homicide-increase-study/.
The following legislators are co-sponsors of this bill. Remember this when you go to vote in November.
Rep. Conditt, Rep. Schuring, Rep. Pelanda, Rep. Patton, Rep. McColley, Rep. Antani, Rep. Becker, Rep. Brenner, Rep. Brinkman, Rep. Carfagna, Rep. Dean, Rep. Duffey, Rep. Ginter, Rep. Goodman, Rep. Green, Rep. Henne, Rep. Hill, Rep. Hood, Rep. Householder, Rep. Huffman, Rep. Keller, Rep. Koehler, Rep. Lipps, Rep. Merrin, Rep. Riedel, Rep. Roegner, Rep. Romanchuk, Rep. Schaffer, Rep. Slaby, Rep. Smith, Rep. Sprague, Rep. Stein, Rep. Thompson, Rep. Vitale, Rep. Wiggam, Rep. Retherford
Call Fred Strahorn (District 39) at (614) 466-1607
Call Michael Henne (District 40) at (614) 644-8051
Call Jim Butler (District 41) at (614) 644-6008
Call Niraj Antani (District 42) at (614) 466-6504
Call Jeff Rezabek at (District 43) (614) 466-2960
Don’t see your legislator here? Don’t know who they are? Visit this website to find out who they are and how to contact them: http://www.ohiohouse.gov/
- Let’s get proactive! June 25, 2018 @ 9:03 am
As we have stepped up (yet again) to counter a crisis created by the Trump administration, the activist community is no doubt feeling familiar pangs of fatigue and powerlessness. For close to 2 years we have been vigilant and made call after call, only to feel frustrated at the power of the status quo and ideology over reality.
Remember: this is by design. Those who seek to undo progressive advances are counting on us getting tired and frustrated.
As a partial antidote, today we are asking you to be proactive rather than reactive. In honor of LGBT Pride Month, let’s show support for all communities who experience hate crimes and advocate for them at the Sheriff’s office.
Action: Stand with your neighbors who endure the fear of hate crimes.
Write: Sheriff Phil Plummer, email@example.com or 345 W. Second Street Dayton, OH 45422
Script: Dear Sheriff Plummer, I’m a resident of [city] writing to advocate for awareness of hate crimes. Nationally, hate crimes are on the rise. Muslims and Jews, LGBTQ people, and immigrants are often targets. I’d like to know three things about our city’s police department: 1. Whether we’re tracking and reporting data on hate-motivated incidents, 2. If we are training officers on how to identify hate crimes, and 3. How our law enforcement staff are proactively supporting these communities. Thank you for your service and time. I look forward to your response. [Name and address]
Let us know if you receive a response!
Thanks to Jen Hoffman for today’s CTA content!
- Paul Ryan’s Anti-Immigrant, Anti-Family Immigration Bills June 22, 2018 @ 12:29 am
What should be clear by now is that immigrant communities remain the most vulnerable group in Trump’s America. From day one, the Trump Administration has systematically targeted immigrants and their families, aiming to jail or deport as many people as possible. From enabling ICE to terrorize immigrants and their families, to making it harder for people to claim asylum at the border, and now ripping babies away from their parents and detaining them, Trump is fulfilling the promises he made during his campaign—and congressional Republicans are enabling him.
Trump is now using his cruel family separation policy as leverage in an attempt to get Congress to pass extreme, anti-immigrant bills. And, unsurprisingly, Paul Ryan is complying. Ryan brings two bills to the floor that would NOT fix family separation, nor provide real relief for DACA recipients — both Trump-created problems. What they would do is radically change our immigration system, with immigrant families paying the price. Here’s what you need to know about the two bills.
The House just rejected the “Goodlatte” immigration bill, which would have torn families apart and militarized border communities, and delayed their vote on another bill from Paul Ryan until Fri. Ryan’s so-called “compromise” bill would detain families *indefinitely* and fund Trump’s border wall.
We need to keep the pressure up. Keep calling your members of Congress! Use this script to tell them to vote NO on Ryan’s immigration bill.
PAUL RYAN PROPOSAL
Paul Ryan and Republican leadership have negotiated an alternative to Goodlatte-McCaul, and are hawking this proposal as a “compromise” between moderate Republicans and the Freedom Caucus. However, it’s far from a compromise in terms of substance: it’s merely a repackaging of Trump’s goal of radically reducing the number of brown and black immigrants to this country, and increasing the deportation of brown and black immigrants who are already here. While it does offer a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients, the process involves a convoluted points system that may take as long as 20 years to get through. There is no guarantee that DACA-eligible immigrants will ever obtain status through this proposal, yet even this narrow path comes at a steep cost:
- Mandatory and indefinite detention for immigrant children and their parents
- Eliminates the diversity visa program
- Eliminates family-sponsored green cards for siblings and married adult children
- Appropriates $23 billion dollars towards border security, including wall construction and over 50,000 more immigration agents
- Restricts access to asylum
Sound familiar? It has the same anti-immigrant provisions as the Goodlatte bill. Not much of a compromise.
MYTHBUSTING: THE PAUL RYAN PROPOSAL DOES NOT FIX THE FAMILY SEPARATION CRISIS
Republicans are misleading the American public by saying that the Paul Ryan proposal combats family separation and the unaccompanied minor crisis. This is a lie. The Paul Ryan proposal simply requires that children and parents must be in immigration detention together while they go through criminal proceedings; in a nutshell, Ryan wants to detain families together instead of detaining families separately. It also eliminates the current requirement that children be released after 20 days, meaning that they could be held in detention indefinitely—and ultimately separated if the parent is sent to jail.
Let’s be clear: jailing immigrant children with their parents is not the solution to ripping children away from their parents.
Call Rep Turner
(937) 225-2843 Dayton
Caller: Hi! My name is [name] and I’m calling from [part of state]. I’m calling today to tell [Representative] to vote NO on the Paul Ryan proposal. These bills are taking Dreamers hostage in exchange for dramatic spending on the wall and racist changes to our immigration system that prevent people from reuniting with their family members abroad. If [insert name here] supports immigrants, they will vote no.
Staffer: Thanks for calling. [Representative] wants to protect Dreamers, but [she / he] thinks it is important that we fix our broken immigration system and ensure that people are respecting and obeying our immigration laws. These bill will also end family separation at the border while also allowing the best and brightest to come and contribute our economy.
Caller: That is not true. This bill would stop family separations at the border. It would only make it worse and make it easier to deport parents and keep them from their kids. Dreamers cannot be a bargaining chip for Trump’s racist policies and border wall. If you care about Dreamers and immigrants, you must vote no on both of these proposals.
Staffer: I’ll pass along your thoughts to [Representative].
Caller: Please do, and please take down my contact information so you can let me know what [Representative] decides to do.
- Fight against anti-immigration bills June 19, 2018 @ 9:00 am
What should be clear by now is that immigrant communities remain the most vulnerable group in Trump’s America. From day one, the Trump Administration has systematically targeted immigrants and their families, aiming to jail or deport as many as possible.
But that’s not enough for them. Trump wants to dramatically change our immigration system to limit family unification and prevent black and brown people from coming to the U.S., all while holding DACA recipients hostage — and Congressional Republicans are more than happy to oblige him. Here’s how.
THE HOUSE IS SET TO VOTE ON TWO ANTI-IMMIGRANT BILLS
Speaker Ryan announced this week that the House will vote on two immigration proposals the week of June 18, both of which have been backed by the Trump White House: the “Goodlatte bill” and one negotiated by Paul Ryan and the White House (“White House 2.0”). Neither of these bills would provide real relief for Dreamers, nor would they end the White House’s family separation policy. What they would do is fund Trump’s wall and turbocharge Trump’s deportation machine.
To learn more about these bills, click here: https://www.indivisible.org/resource/queen-hill-breaking-four-immigration-proposals-play/
Both of these bills hold Dreamers hostage in exchange for radical reductions in the number of brown and black immigrants entering this country and massive spending on the border wall. Republicans- be they moderate, members of the Freedom Caucus, or in leadership- are using Dreamers as a political ploy while they advance the Trump administration’s racist agenda. It is despicable and it cannot pass.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
At the end of the day, Dreamers’ best chance at a clean pathway to citizenship with no harm is with a Congress where Republican enablers are voted out and progressives who will stand up for them voted in. That said, members of the House need to hear from you that these proposals are unacceptable, be they Democrat or Republican. We’re including a call script below, with different asks based on who your member is. Republican leadership will be whipping their members hard, particularly on this second proposal so Members need to hear from you.
Call Mike Turner at 202-225-6465
Caller: Hi! My name is [name] and I’m calling from [part of state]. I’m calling today to tell [Rep] to vote NO on both the Goodlatte bill and the Paul Ryan proposal. These bills are taking Dreamers hostage in exchange for dramatic spending on the wall and racist changes to our immigration system that prevent people from reuniting with their family members abroad. If [insert name here] supports immigrants, they will vote no.
Staffer: Thanks for calling. [Rep] wants to protect Dreamers, but [she / he] thinks it is important that we fix our broken immigration system and ensure that people are respecting and obeying our immigration laws. These bill will also end family separation at the border while also allowing the best and brightest to come and contribute our economy.
Caller: That is not true. Neither of these bills would stop family separations at the border. They would only make it worse and make it easier to deport parents and keep them from their kids. Dreamers cannot be a bargaining chip for Trump’s racist policies and border wall. If you care about Dreamers and immigrants, you must vote no on both of these proposals.
Staffer: I’ll pass along your thoughts to [Rep].
Caller: Please do, and please take down my contact information so you can let me know what [Rep] decides to do
- S.3036 Keep Families Together Act-Call Sen Portman June 18, 2018 @ 10:00 am
Call Sen Portman to urge him to co-sponsor/support S.3036, The Keep Families Together Act.
Hi, my name is ( ) and I’m a constituent from*****
I’m calling to ask that Sen Portman support S. 3036, Keep Families Together Act, to stop the separation of immigrant families at the US border. This practice is immoral and unnecessarily harms innocent children. It must be stopped by Congress immediately. These kids are vulnerable to trafficking, and if Portman says he cares so much to end human trafficking he will keep families together. Thank you for your time.
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