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Tell your MoC: Stand against Family Separation

Trump created the family separation crisis, his executive order is not a solution, and Congress must not enable Trump’s preferred solution of detaining immigrant families. The only reason why Trump backed down at all was because of the public fury from constituents like you. Members of Congress need to continue to hear from you that they must not capitulate to Trump.

What can you do? First, stop Republicans from making this situation even worse. Congressional Republicans could still try to codify Trump’s executive order, or vote to give DHS more money to create family jails. It’s on us to keep the pressure on and make sure that any efforts to these ends fail. Second, make sure Democrats are doing more to protect immigrant families. Chances are that if your MoC is a Democrat, they’re on record supporting keeping families together. They can do more. They can and should withhold support from any effort to codify family detention facilities, and vote down any spending package that increases funding for ICE and/or CBP.

Take action today and call! Use the individuals scripts below.

Use this script for Turner and Portman: 

Rep. Michael Turner(202) 225-6465

Sen. Rob Portman(202) 224-3353

Caller: Hi! My name is [name] and I’m calling from [part of state]. I’m calling today to tell [MoC] to oppose any efforts to jail immigrant families.

Staffer: Thanks for calling. [MoC] believes that Congress has a responsibility to pass legislation that would prevent families from being separated and fix the loopholes in our immigration system.

Caller: The family separation crisis was created by Trump, and he bears responsibility for fixing the crisis. Congress cannot enable the Trump administration’s ultimate agenda of creating jails for immigrant families. I urge [him/her] to vote no on anylegislation that would create or fund immigrant family jails.

Staffer: We’ll be sure to pass your message to [MoC].

Caller: Please do, and please take down my contact information so you can let me know what [MoC] decides to do.

Use this script for Brown:

Sen. Sherrod Brown(202) 224-2315

Caller: Hi! My name is [name] and I’m calling from [part of state]. I’m calling today to thank [him/her] for continuing to speak out against Trump’s cruel zero tolerance policy and the resulting separation of children from their parents. I’d also like to urge [MoC] to oppose any legislation that would create family detentions or provide more funding to ICE and CBP to create family detention facilities.

Staffer: Thanks for calling. [MoC] is deeply troubled by the Trump administration’s immigration policies, particularly the family separation policy. However, [MoC] believes that Congress has a role to play in ending this crisis and hopes to vote on legislation that would end this practice.

Caller: This crisis was created by the Trump administration’s zero tolerance policy, and Congress should not make this problem worse by voting to create family detention or giving ICE more money to detain these families. I urge [MoC] to oppose any legislation that would create family detention facilities. Families belong together and free.

Staffer: At this point in time, [MoC] will be evaluating any future bill that comes up. I’m happy to pass your message along to [him/her].

Caller: Please do, and please take down my contact information so you can let me know what [MoC] decides to do.

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