Thursday, May 9, 2019

Tell your members of Congress: Reject the White House’s request for another $4.5 billion to terrorize refugees

The White House is asking for an extra $4.5 billion to target, separate, detain, and deport immigrants and asylum seekers. They’re trying to claim that some of this money is for “humanitarian” purposes, but we’ve seen enough to know that’s not true.

The Trump administration is co-opting a refugee crisis to pay for more human suffering. Here are some toplines of what they’re requesting:
  • $342 million to expand even further the deadly, abusive immigration detention system to be able to detain nearly 54,000 people every day.
  • $377 million to further militarize the border, including an increase in funding for “Operation Guardian” which sends the National Guard to do Border Patrol’s bidding.
  • $155 million for the Department of Justice US Marshals to criminalize people seeking to claim their legal right to asylum by prosecuting them for unauthorized entry or re-entry.
  • And more to lock up immigrants and refugees, separate families, and deny asylees protection from harm. You can read more in our Defund Hate resource here.
Whether Congress says Yes or No to this budget request is up to us right now. Today, join thousands of people across the country, from Bend the Arc, Indivisible and other allies, to demand immigrant justice — call your members of Congress to tell them to reject Trump's request.




National call-in day: Thursday, May 9th

Sample Script:

“Hi, my name is [first and last name] and I'm a constituent of [member of Congress]. How our country treats immigrants is a very important issue for me, so I'm calling to ask [member of Congress] to reject the White House’s request for another $4.5 billion to further terrorize immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. I want [member of Congress] to urge their party’s leadership to reject the White House budget request.”

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