Friday, April 27, 2018

ACTION: REIGN IN TRUMP’S SECRET POLICE

From Indivisible Oregon...

**CALL TO ACTION**
Friday, April 27, 2018
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REIGN IN TRUMP’S SECRET POLICE
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#ICE
#ICEabuses

Every society is judged by how it treats the least powerful among them. By that measure, ICE shames us all.

Officers from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency have snatched mothers from families, fathers dropping their kids at school, and now we learn, hundreds of children from their parents. This week, NY Times reported that ICE has seized 700 children. Many of these children will languish in the system indefinitely.

The system is such a nightmare that it has drawn 33,000 complaints of abuse from adult prisoners, which is likely a massive undercount. One US District Court Judge said early this year that the treatment ICE victims suffer is something “ . . .we associate with regimes we revile as unjust.”

Inspired by Trump’s anti-immigration rhetoric, ICE arrests are up 40%. That will grow. ICE is surging in sanctuary cities, issuing new guideline to arrest pregnant women, and withholding humanitarian parole for asylum seekers.

“This is the bitter fruit of dehumanization – in a facility, in a system, in a country,” wrote conservative columnist Michael Gerson this week.

This is not America.

Our MOCs must:
Hold hearings on ICE abuses.
Withhold funding until abuses are corrected.

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**ACTION 1: CALL BOTH SENATORS and YOUR REPRESENTATIVE**

SAMPLE SCRIPT – for all MOCs:
“My name is [--] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling to express my distress at the actions of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. The massive roundups of immigrants and even those who appear to be immigrants is not normal. And the abuse they suffer in detention camps is outrageous. I ask that Congress hold hearings on ICE abuses and withhold funding until the abuse stops.  Societies are judged by how they treat the least powerful of their members. We must do better. Thank you.”
 
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**ACTION 2: REMEMBER THIS FOR THE MIDTERMS**
In the November Midterm elections, remember the position of your Member of Congress on this issues. We are a more just and compassionate country than what we see ICE doing, and ICE is only a reflection of Trump’s agenda. These are lives being ripped apart. Children torn from mothers. This is not normal. Become an activist now.  Check out www.indivisibleOR.org.  Fight for what is right. Fight to restore America.
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**PHONE NUMBERS**

SENATOR MERKLEY  
Portland: (503) 326-3386, DC: (202) 224-3753
Salem: (503) 362-8102, Eugene: (541) 465-6750
Medford: (541) 608-9102, Bend: (541) 318-1298
Pendleton: (541) 278-1129

SENATOR WYDEN  
Portland: (503) 326-7525, DC: (202) 224-5244
Salem: (503) 589-4555, Eugene: (541) 431-0229
Medford: (541) 858-5122, Bend: (541) 330-9142
La Grande: (541) 960-7691

CONGRESSWOMAN SUZANNE BONAMICI [D1]
DC: (202) 225-0855, OR: (503) 469-6010

CONGRESSMAN GREG WALDEN [D2]
DC (202) 225-6730, Medford: (541) 776-4646,
Bend (541) 389-4408, La Grande (541) 624-2400

CONGRESSMAN EARL BLUMENAUER [D3]
DC: (202) 225-4811, OR: (503) 231-2300

CONGRESSMAN PETER DEFAZIO [D4]
DC 202-225-6416, Eugene: (541) 465-6732,
Roseburg: (541) 440-3523, Coos Bay (541) 269-2609

CONGRESSMAN KURT SCHRADER [D5]
DC: (202) 225-5711, Salem (503) 588-9100,
Oregon City (503) 557-1324


** After you call, please comment below and briefly share your experience!**

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