Today, both the US Senate and US House of Representatives will vote on a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding bill that will be extremely harmful to immigrant communities. Using our taxpayer dollars, this bill allocates $1.3 billion for a wall, an 11% increase in detention beds to incarcerate immigrants, and increases ICE agents. This bill was negotiated because Trump shut down the government, putting 800,000 federal workers’ livelihood at risk, for a wall. He is making us believe that if anti-immigrant legislation is not passed, Congress will force him to shut down the government again.
This is a false frame. Trump does not need to shut down the government for Congress to work on immigrant rights issues. If he shuts down the government, he is solely to blame.
We need our members of Congress to protect immigrant communities and vote NO on the DHS funding bill.
Take two minutes (one minute per call) and call your US Senator and US Congressmember NOW
1.) Call the US Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to speak with your senators and congressmember. You can also click here to find the direct lines to your representatives.
Sample Script: “Hi, my name is ______ and I am a constituent of Senator/Congressmember ____. On this Valentine’s Day, I am calling to urge them show their love for the immigrant community and VOTE NO on the DHS funding bill. This bill will be extremely harmful to our communities. Thank you.”