STOP planned Raids on Central American Children and Families

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Right now – young mothers and children are being rounded up by immigration officials in cities across the country. ICE officers show up at their doors unannounced, deceiving them to gain entry, waking up sleeping children, and taking away their families to detention centers where mothers and their children are jailed until they are deported back to the rape, murder, and domestic violence they are fleeing.
Please take action:
Tell the White House to STOP planned raids on Central American children and families!
Please call the White House at 1-866-961-4293 or the White House Comment Line directly at 1-888-907-2053. Or e-mail or  Sample script:
“I am from City, State, and as a person of faith, I urge President Obama to immediately STOP plans to deport Central American children and families. These individuals are refugees fleeing violence and should have access to legal counsel so that they can apply for asylum and protection in the United States.”

Take Action: Contact your Senators – Oppose H.R.4038

Action Alert:
Your U.S. Senators need to hear from you that you oppose H.R. 4038 and other bills that would stop or halt the resettlement of Syrian and Iraqi refugees.
Action: Send a message to your U.S. Senators .    

Dear Senator,
Please oppose H.R. 4038 or similar legislation which would halt the resettlement of Syrian and Iraqi refugees in the U.S.

Background: In the aftermath of the violent attacks on Paris, 31 governors made public statements that they wanted resettlement of Syrian refugees halted in their states. Days later, the U.S. House of Representatives, with comparable intentions, passed H.R. 4038, The American Security against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act, which would effectively halt all resettlement of Syrian and Iraqi refugees in the United States for a protracted time.

Anti-immigrant Amendments – Calls needed

justi-immigrtion-reformPlease Call your U.S. House Member NOW to vote against anti-immigrant amendments

On January 13th, the U.S. House of Representatives will begin floor debate and vote on H.R. 240, the 2015 Homeland Security Appropriations Act, and amendments will be considered for the bill. These amendments will undue Executive Actions on immigration and put immigrants at greater risk for deportation.

Please call toll-free 1-855-589-5698 and ask your Representative to vote NO on these three amendments AND work to pass meaningful immigration reform.

Stand in Solidarity with Immigrants

President Obama issued an executive order on immigration that ensures fewer children experience the trauma of being forcefully separated from their parents due to deportation. An estimated 5 million undocumented immigrants, many of them mothers and fathers, will now be able to come out of the shadows and live without fear.
This executive action is only a temporary reprieve for about half of the undocumented immigrant population and could be overturned by a future president. Congress still needs to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill that would permanently fix our country’s broken immigration system.

National Call in Days to Protect Families from Deportation Nov. 5-13

Call the White House    The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Justice for Immigrants Campaign is sponsoring  a week of call-in days to the White House to urge protection for families facing deportation.
Since administrative action on deportation relief has been pledged for “after the November elections,” the call-in days will commence on Wednesday, November 5, and end on November 13, the feast of St. Frances Cabrini, the patroness of immigrants.From Nov. 5-13, call the White House at 1-855-589-5698 and leave the message: “Protect as many immigrants and their families as possible from deportation.”

Action Alert – HUMANE Act – Directly Harms Children

Please Act ASAP

Both Senator Cornyn and Representative Cuellar are introducing the HUMANE Act in the Senate and the House. THIS BILL WILL DIRECTLY HARM THE CHILDREN FLEEING FROM CENTRAL AMERICA AND WILL MILITARIZE OUR SOUTHWEST BORDER.
Congress will try to pass this bill ASAP. If enacted, the bill would strip the unaccompanied children from Central America of their due process and make it easier to send them back to the furnace of violence. Additionally, it would fully implement every aspect of the border security bill that the House mandated as the selling feature for immigration reform. We would get the complete militarization of the border that was likely to be enacted with any immigration reform compromise, but millions of undocumented immigrants will still live in the shadows, fearing separation from their families.

Take Action for Unaccompanied Minors

Unaccompanied-Minors-CCUSAThe response by the Obama Administration and members of Congress to the influx of migrant children at the US-Mexico border becomes more worrisome by the day. The latest move is to propose changes to the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) of 2008, to speed up deportations of these children.

Congress needs to Address Root Causes of Migrant Children

 Action Alert     

Congress needs to address Root Cause of migrant children at the US-Mexico Border.

Please take action and send a send a message to your Member of Congress and your Senators, urging them to conduct a full analysis of the root causes of the humanitarian crisis of migrant children at the US-Mexico border and how U.S. foreign policy, U.S. trade policy and the militarized approach to the “War on Drugs” have contributed to the poverty and extreme violence that are forcing these children to flee. This assessment must include the perspectives of non-governmental organizations, faith groups and local civil society organizations.

Bring Immigration Reform up for a Vote

There could be a brief window of opportunity now through July for the House to act on immigration reform this year.  Leadership in the House of Representatives continues to refuse to act on immigration legislation, despite having enough bipartisan votes to enact a bill with a path to citizenship.

Please call: Speaker John Boehner (OH-8) and House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) . They need to hear from people of faith that delay is unacceptable, and that they must make immigration reform a reality.   

Call 1-866-940-2439 TWICE to be connected with both Speaker Boehner and Majority Whip McCarthy’s offices. You can also call directly: Boehner: (202) 225-0600 and McCarthy: (202) 225-2915.

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