CALL TO ACTION: Tell Congress to Oppose Funding for
Trump’s Wall, Deportation Force & Detention Centers
Background: President Trump has issued multiple executive orders that target immigrants, refugees, asylum seekers, and Muslims. Plans are being made to build a border wall and more detention centers, and our undocumented community members have been caught up in immigration raids, including a Methodist lay leader in Kansas, a mother in Arizona, multiple DACA recipients, and men coming out of a church ministry.
Congress can stop Trump from building a wall and increasing detention & deportations. Congress has “the power of the purse,” which means they can decide whether or not to fund the $7.5 billion that Trump is asking for in fiscal years 2017 and 2018, over and above last year’s funding for immigration enforcement, to begin implementing his plan. Trump’s budget proposals would cut funding for education, housing, school lunch programs, and poverty-focused international assistance, and spend billions of dollars to dramatically expand immigration enforcement, targeting our undocumented community members, detaining children and separating families.
Walling off America, reducing community safety, and turning our back on those in need are affronts to our country’s values of family unity, fairness, and equality. Our tax dollars should be spent alleviating poverty and investing in our future — not rounding up our community members. This is Congress’s first test to see if they will write President Trump a check to fund his wall, deportation force, and detention centers.
CALL YOUR MEMBER OF CONGRESS TODAY!
Your Senators and Representatives: (866) 961-4293*
*Please call this line 3 times to be connected with your 1 Representative and 2 Senators
Sample Script: “I’m your constituent from [City, State, Zip Code], and I urge you to NOT fund President Trump’s wall, deportation force and detention centers, and instead do everything in your power to rescind his immigration and refugee executive orders. Our tax dollars should be spent alleviating poverty and investing in our future — not rounding up our community members. My community welcomes refugees and immigrants.”
Please also share a personal story about why welcoming immigrants and refugees is important to you, your community, etc. Let them know the specific ways that immigrants and refugees contribute and are welcomed in your community.
You can also tweet @ your Senators/Representatives with these messages:
- .@HANDLE, show that #AmericaWelcomes. Refuse to fund Trump’s wall, deportation force & detention centers #NoBanNoWallNoRaids
- .@HANDLE, stop Trump from targeting refugees and immigrants. Don’t fund his deportation force. #NoBanNoWallNoRaids
- .@HANDLE, Don’t fund Trump’s morally reprehensible EOs. Stand against them & refuse to fund them. #NoBanNoWallNoRaids
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