National Actions & Issues:
Fight to keep families together:
6/20/2018 Update: Trump has signed an executive order that he claims fixes the crisis. Spoiler alert, it doesn’t. See below for more information.
TRUMP’S NEW EXECUTIVE ORDER: MASS AND INDEFINITE DETENTION OF FAMILIES!
In response to the outrage concerning the family separation policy, the Trump Administration signed an executive order that he claimed would end the family separation crisis at the border. But is it an acceptable solution? NO.
First and foremost, the zero tolerance policy is still in place, meaning that people who cross the border are still being prosecuted. However, the executive order directs the Department of Homeland Security to keep families together while their cases are being processed. That means that our government is now detaining immigrant families. The executive order additionally directs the Department of Defense and other agencies to support DHS in detaining immigrants, meaning that the U.S. government will be creating a massive family immigration detention system.
Under the 1997 Flores Settlement (which has been wrongly cited as the reason for the family separation crisis by Republicans in the past), immigrant children cannot be held in detention indefinitely. This executive order is seeks to skirt around these protections and allow families to be detained indefinitely. It’s cruel and inhuman and not a solution.
Trump created the family separation crisis, and his new executive order is not a solution. And like so many other Trump-created crises, Republicans in Congress are letting it happen. Some may have expressed concerns about the policy, but none have done anything about it. That’s where you come in.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Here are the best ways for you to get involved:
First, stop Republicans from making this situation even worse. There are multiple efforts by Congressional Republicans to codify Trump’s executive order, from Senator Cruz’s legislation to the Paul Ryan immigration proposal in the House. There will be more attempts by Republicans to use this situation to push radically anti-immigrant bills. It’s on us to make it clear that we will not accept their anti-immigrant agenda and to make sure Democrats stick together.
Second, make sure Democrats are doing more to protect immigrant families. Since every Democrat in the House and Senate has supported the Keep Families Together Act, they can continue to support immigrant families by voting against bills that do not reduce funding for ICE and CBP. These agencies have been terrorizing immigrant communities, ripping parents away from their children, and harassing immigrants and people of color in their workplaces, schools, and in the community. Democrats need to hold these agencies accountable for their behavior, and voting against funding is one way to do that.
Senator Elizabeth Warren | (202) 228-2072
Senator Edward Markey | (202) 224-2742
Representative William Keating | (202) 225-3111
Third, join an event in your community. Members of Congress and this administration need to see that their constituents will not accept this cruel policy. Stand up against the criminalization of asylum seekers and the separation of children and parents at the border by joining one of the nationwide rallies:
for a nation-wide Rolling Rally!
with locations in Provincetown, Truro, & Wellfleet!
Continue the fight for Net Neutrality:
Take the Blue Wave Challenge:
Members of Indivisible groups and progressive candidates all around the country have taken the challenge and we can too. The challenge has 3 easy steps! 1) Commit to vote 2) Say what you will do to build the blue wave (be specific!) 3) Let the blue wave wash over you. People have done this in backyards and on the street, and step three usually involves a bucket of water. But, we live at the beach, so be creative and have fun, while affirming your commitment to work for a blue wave in November…
Local Actions & Issues:
Support Immigrant Rights:
Here, in MA, the Safe Communities Act failed in the legislature this Spring, but the MA Senate has revived key elements of it in a budget amendment which could offer some of the safeguards of the Safe Communities Act and neutralize Sheriff Cummings’ 287g powers.
Only the Senate version of the budget contains Amendment 1147; the House version does not. A Conference Committee is working to reconcile the two versions and we need to focus the pressure on the House Speaker and House Leadership so the final version retains Amendment 1147.
Unfortunately, the Baker Administration has declared open season on immigrants and Governor Baker has said he will veto the bill when it comes to his desk. Now we have learned that he has secretly sent our National Guard to help Trump’s crackdown at the border. We must pressure the House to pass Amendment 1147 and then make our voices heard by Governor Baker!
So, what can we do NOW?