In the 2018 proposed budget, Trump has requested a lot more money to fund the detention and deportation of immigrants, including:
• funds to hire new ICE and Border Patrol agents to terrorize our communities
• more local police to focus on immigration enforcement
• a massive increase in immigrant detention—the equivalent of locking up the entire population of New Orleans over the course of a year
• $1.6 billion to build a southern border wall, and further border militarization including aircraft and surveillance technology
Washington is home to one of the biggest detention centers in the country (Northwest Detention Center) and a border state. For these reasons, the increases to immigration enforcement funding that Trump's administration is pushing for will undoubtedly harm immigrants in our communities. The ending of DACA and the recent national “Operation Safe City” through which ICE detained more than 450 people, including 27 of our Washington residents, are yet more examples of why we must oppose any increase in immigration enforcement funding.
Community to Community has signed onto DefundHate WA's organizational
sign-on letter. We ask that our allies and partner organizations join us and sign on!
SIGN ON HERE
The deadline to sign on is TOMORROW! November 8th. Tomorrow is also the national call-in day.
1) If you haven't done so already, please share the call-in day Facebook event on your organization's page to remind people to call their members of congress about this issue: https://www.facebook.com/events/395139404238892/
2) Alternatively, you can send an email to your organization's email list including the following:
We are asking everyone to call Senator Murray (206) 553-5545 as well as the person in your congressional district on 11/8 in order to pressure them to defund the hateful and oppressive detention and deportation machine. Here is a sample call-script:
"Hello, my name is [ ] and I'm a constituent of [state/congressional district]. I'm calling as part of the Defund Hate campaign. We're calling on [Senator/MoC] to oppose funding for the detention and deportation machine. This funding fuels agencies like ICE and CBP which have a long track record of lying, hiding information and retaliating against those who speak out against them. We need to use public funds for needed resources like healthcare, education and housing, instead of funding this inhumane
immigration enforcement system. We demand that [Senator/MoC] publicly call for significant cuts to ICE and CBP and be a voice within [chamber, caucus, with leadership] to Defund Hate and oppose funding for the detention and deportation machine."
Find your representative here:
And then find their phone number here:
3) Finally, sign up for the November 8th Thunderclap:
Please take 30 seconds to join our Thunderclap: http://thndr.me/xAB1uJ
On November 8th, Detention Watch Network will do national call-in day coordinated with a Thunderclap.
What is a Thunderclap? Thunderclap allows a single message to be mass-shared, so it rises above the noise of your social networks. By boosting the signal at the same time, Thunderclap makes a significant impact on the social media landscape.
Thank you all for participating and feel free to contact the local organizer
Jose Manuel Carrillo for Detention Watch Network if you have any questions!
Jose-Manuel Carrillo: firstname.lastname@example.org