Congressional recess actions and May 1 immigration events

Actions

1. Call your members of Congress at 866-961-4293 (see sample script below)

2. Meet with your members of Congress during the April 10-21 recess using this Neighbor-to-neighbor toolkit and other resources (below)

3. Participate in the May 1st National Day of Action

Background: As we head into a two week congressional recess (April 10-21), let’s make sure our representatives hear loud and clear that they should oppose funding for more immigration enforcement and border militarization. Congress passed a short term funding bill for the current fiscal year that expires on April 28. When they return from recess, they could add supplemental spending for immigration enforcement (including funds for more border wall and detention centers) to this year’s budget. Congress is also beginning to draft the budget for next year (FY18).

May 1st is International Worker’s Day, a historic day to respect the contributions of workers, organize in support of workers’ rights, and demonstrate solidarity with immigrants. This May 1st, immigrant leaders of the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) will Rise Up! to demonstrate the power, resilience and strength of immigrant communities in America. Many groups are organizing marches, rallies, protests and town hall meetings. Learn more.

Faith reflection: “What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6:8)

Actions:

1. Call your members of Congress at 866-961-4293 (Please call the number 3 times to be connected with your one Representative and two Senators)

Sample Script: “I’m your constituent from [City, State], and I urge you to NOT fund border walls, more deportations or more detention centers. 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 at your member of Congress. Find your members of Congress’ twitter handles here.

2. Meet with your members of Congress during the April 10-21 recess. Get a group together and request a meeting with one or more of your members of Congress. If the member is not available to meet personally, set up a meeting with their local staff or a phone call with their policy staff in DC. You can also see if there is a public event near you by visiting their website or checking out Town Hall Project.

Resources:

3. Participate in the May 1st National Day of Action

Additional immigration resources: web resources | March 28 Immigration update


Alert prepared by Tammy Alexander, Senior Legislative Associate for Domestic Affairs, April 10, 2017. Adapted from an alert sent by the Interfaith Immigration Coalition.

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