Troops Don't Belong on the Border

Yesterday, after several days of saying and tweeting alarming things about border control, Trump signed a memorandum to deploy the National Guard to the southwest border. The memo directs the Defense Secretary to “request use of National Guard personnel” for border protection, and further directs the Defense Secretary, Homeland Security Secretary, and the Attorney General to put together a report on further measures the white house can take to increase border security.

The outcomes of this memo are vague – we don’t know how many national guard troops will ultimately be sent, or when. That’s why now is the time to speak out against the militarization of the border – call your representatives and ask them to make their position clear.

Action: Refuse Militarization of Borders

Don’t forget to fill out our call log so that we can track our impact: https://goo.gl/forms/lbHUvI9h58f0dLqx1

Sen. Patty Murray: 202-224-2621 / 206-553-5545
Sen. Maria Cantwell: 202-224-3441 / 206-220-6400
Rep. Pramila Jayapal: 202-225-3106/ 206-674-0040
Rep. Adam Smith: 202-225-8901/ 425-793-5180 

Script:

“My name is [NAME] and I’m calling from [ZIP]. I’m alarmed by the memo that Trump signed this week to send the National Guard to the Mexican border. This has been done by previous administrations and has proven to be expensive and accomplish little. What’s more, based on Trump’s public statements regarding border security, I am afraid that this memo and the resulting report may be a sign of worse infringements to come. I would like for [Representative] to publicly denounce the decision to send troops to the border, and do everything she/he can to block further efforts from this administration to militarize the border.”

Background: 

- https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/04/politics/trump-national-guard-troops-border/index.html
- https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/03/us/politics/trump-border-immigration-caravan.html---- https://www.npr.org/2018/04/04/599436746/president-trump-to-sign-proclamation-to-send-national-guard-troops-to-mexican-bo


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