Thursday, June 21, 2018

Oppose the Republican Deportation Bill

Trump's Answer to Separation of Children:
Keep the Whole Family in Prolonged Detention
On the heels of very bad media days spotlighting the horrendous separation and jailing of migrant children, Donald Trump today signed the Executive Order, "Affording Congress an Opportunity to Address Family Separation"The executive order does not free the children -- instead, it allows for the incarceration of children with their parents, likely for prolonged periods of time. The order may lead to a violation of the Flores case settlement, which limited the length of time for children in detention; Trump wants the Attorney General to seek a "modification" to the Flores settlement, to provide family detention throughout the time of "criminal improper entry or deportation proceedings involving the parents". Because of the case backlogs, these can be very lengthy periods in detention.
The order is not retroactive and there are no plans to reunite some 2,300 already separated children with their parents. This crisis continues.
The order does not end the "zero tolerance" policy that is driving the criminal prosecution of all border crossers. Nor does it affect the new restrictions on access to asylum or the detention of asylum seekers, in defiance of US and international laws.
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Demand that ALL children are reunited with their parents!
Release the families from detention pending 
resolution of their cases!
 More to follow on analysis and action behind this executive order,  the continuing criminalization of immigrants, and the horrific, inhumane border policies
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Oppose Both House Immigration Bills - Act NOW!
Voting on the bills may take place today, Thursday, June 21
Trump's executive order comes just before House consideration of two Republican immigration bills. Both bills would dramatically increase funds for punitive and repressive immigration policies, practices and machinery. Neither would end the separation of families at the border, nor provide a clear path to permanent residency for DACA recipients. Both bills have been opposed by a broad cross-section of community, immigrant rights, faith, civil rights and other sectors and organizations.
Each bill proposes shallow trade-offs in exchange for more repression of immigrant communities, workers and asylum seekers. They would undermine due process, cause further family separations, heighten fear and uncertainty among immigrants, and drive more wedges among communities--not to mention the outrageous cost of enforcement infrastructure and personnel. Bringing these two bills up for consideration in the House is a shameful act by Republicans to curry favor among their base.
Read a summary of the two bills, HR 4760, the "Securing America's Future Act", and HR 6136, the "Border Security and Immigration Reform Act", offered as a "compromise" bill bridging moderate and hard-lined Republicans in the House.
Spread the word! Urge your representatives to oppose both bills!
Call now! Click here to access contact information for your representative in the House.
Here's a simple message to use when you make your call:
"Hello. My name is _______. I am calling to urge you oppose both HR 4760 and HR 6136, the immigration bills. These bills hold immigrant children and youth hostage to increased immigration enforcement, a costly  border wall, and severe cuts to our family immigration program. Thank you.

  Update - Monster Bill #1  Dies. 

 193 Republicans Vote for Monster Bill !
The conservative bill, authored by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), mustered just 193 votes. All Democrats and dozens of Republicans rejected it because of its onerous limits on allowing undocumented immigrants brought here as children to stay in the country.
The other, slightly less conservative version appears destined to a similar fate, with dozens of hardline conservatives and a handful of GOP moderates saying they’ll vote against the bill and promising its failure. But House GOP leaders moved to forestall that result, scuttling a planned Thursday afternoon vote as they cast about for another path forward.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Trump Signs an Executive Order to 'End Family Separation' by Locking Up Whole Families Indefinitely Instead | Alternet

Trump Signs an Executive Order to 'End Family Separation' by Locking Up Whole Families Indefinitely Instead | Alternet

Trump's New Executive Order

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Section 1.  Policy.  It is the policy of this Administration to rigorously enforce our immigration laws.  Under our laws, the only legal way for an alien to enter this country is at a designated port of entry at an appropriate time.  When an alien enters or attempts to enter the country anywhere else, that alien has committed at least the crime of improper entry and is subject to a fine or imprisonment under section 1325(a) of title 8, United States Code.  This Administration will initiate proceedings to enforce this and other criminal provisions of the INA until and unless Congress directs otherwise.  It is also the policy of this Administration to maintain family unity, including by detaining alien families together where appropriate and consistent with law and available resources.  It is unfortunate that Congress’s failure to act and court orders have put the Administration in the position of separating alien families to effectively enforce the law.

Note: this applies to new entries. Nothing is said about the divisions of families for the last 6 weeks. (editor)

Monday, June 18, 2018

Poor People's Campaign- Lets Stop this Atrocity at the Border

Duane Campbell 
This is just the beginning.  California Poor People's Campaign  enter the State Capitol for the 6th. week of non violent direct action.

Here is the presentation of your editor,

Thank you for being here today.  This is a critical day in our efforts. 
My Name is Duane Campbell.  I am a co-chair of the Immigrants’ Rights Committee of Democratic Socialists  of America.
Let us be clear. 
Seizing children from their parents at the border is immoral. 

This issue before us is  one of human decency.  Under the Trump Administration ICE has developed a new policy of deliberately separating families of immigrants and refugees.  They are separating parents from their children as a form of collective punishment.   They are violating both  due process and human rights.
 Many of us have seen the photos and the video.  We are here to disrupt the Immoral narrative  that terrorizes children for political gain. 

The United Nation says so.
The U.S. Catholic Bishops say so.
Most religious communities say so. 
 Trump, and Republicans in Congress have rejected a way to fix DACA and protect Dreamers. Now they are forcing a vote on two cruel bills that hold dreamers hostage to the Trump Administration’s deportation machine .

Hundreds March To Texas Tent City Holding Detained Immigrant Kids : NPR

Hundreds March To Texas Tent City Holding Detained Immigrant Kids : NPR

Thursday, June 14, 2018

House Republicans Advance Monster Bill


Republicans seek to protect their vulnerable candidates, not to protect people.
Funds border wall. 
Restricts asylum rules.
Legalizes separation of children and families. 
Offers limited protection for current DACA recipients. 
Reduces over all immigration. 
Unclear what it would do on TPS. 

This is Fascism
U.S. Catholic Bishops say current policy of separating families is immoral.  
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A survivor of the NAZI Death Camps remembers life in Germany this way;

Pastor Martin Niemöller is best remembered for the quotation: 
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me. 1947.

We still talk about American fascism as a looming threat, something that could happen if we’re not vigilant. But for undocumented immigrants, it’s already here.
There are countless horror stories about what’s happening to immigrants under Trump. Just last week, we learned that a teenager from Iowa who had lived in America since he was 3 was killed shortly after his forced return to Mexico. This month, an Ecuadorean immigrant with an American citizen wife and a pending green card application was detained at a Brooklyn military base where he’d gone to deliver a pizza; a judge has temporarily halted his deportation, but he remains locked up. Immigration officers are boarding trains and buses and demanding that passengers show them their papers. On Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions decreed that most people fleeing domestic abuse or gang violence would no longer be eligible for asylum.