ACTION: Tell our MOCs to Put an End to ICE
Representative Mark Pocan (D-WI) introduced a bill in the House last week that would abolish the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. After traveling to see ICE’s actions for himself, Rep. Pocan, along with including Reps. Earl Blumenauer (Ore.), Jim McGovern (Mass.) and Pramila Jayapal (Wash.), are calling for the elimination of ICE. From The Hill:
"From conducting raids at garden centers, and meatpacking plants, to breaking up families at churches and schools, ICE is tearing apart families and ripping the moral fabric of our nation," Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) said in a statement.
Today, contact our MOCs to tell them we need to stop ICE once and for all.
Rep. Pramila Jayapal – https://jayapal.house.gov/contact/email
Rep. Adam Smith – https://adamsmith.house.gov/contact/email-me
Sen. Maria Cantwell - https://www.cantwell.senate.gov/contact/email/form
Sen. Patty Murray - https://www.murray.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contactme
On the weekends, feel free to call MOCs and leave voicemail:
Rep. Pramila Jayapal--DC 202-225-3106; Seattle 206-674-0040
Rep. Adam Smith--DC 202-225-8901; Renton 425-793-5180
Sen. Patty Murray:--DC 202-224-2621; Seattle 206-553-5545
Sen. Maria Cantwell--DC 202-224-3441; Seattle 206-220-6400
EMAIL - points to consider including when emailing:
- Since ICE and its parent agency, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) were created in 2003, these agencies have terrorized immigrant communities, conducting unconstitutional border checkpoints, killing unarmed migrants crossing the border, splitting up immigrant children from their parents, and subjecting detained immigrants, including children, to physical, sexual and mental abuse.
- ICE and CBP have expanded their authority beyond the border, into so-called “hundred-mile zones,” through which they execute warrantless searches of both citizens and non-citizens. This is a direct violation of the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
- Recent research has shown that countries that welcome and support immigrants receive economic benefits within two years of immigration, while restricting and harassing immigrants results in increased costs. (https://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/what-are-the-economics-of-immigration/)
SAMPLE SCRIPT – when leaving voicemail by phone:
“My name is [NAME], and I am a constituent in [CITY,ZIP].
[If Rep. Jayapal or Rep. Smith] I am calling to express my strong support for the Mark Pocan bill that would abolish ICE. It’s time to stop abusive and unconstitutional action by ICE and CBP. Thank you.”
[If Sen. Cantwell or Sen. Murray] I am calling to ask for legislation in the Senate that would eliminate ICE, like the bill introduced by Rep. Mark Pocan in the House. It’s time to stop abusive and unconstitutional action by ICE and CBP. Thank you.”
“Dem lawmaker introduces bill to abolish ICE,” thehill.com/homenews/house/393938-dem-lawmaker-introduces-bill-to-abolish-ice
“Calls to Abolish ICE Gain Momentum as General Election Nears,” https://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/national-international/Abolish-Ice-Movement-Grows-Pocan-Democrats-Bill-486960731.html
Thanks to 5calls.org for information included in this Action.
DON'T FORGET! UPCOMING EVENTS
Families Belong Together Week of Action:
7/1 Sunday at 1:30pm at Northwest Detention Center,Tacoma – Protest!
7/2 Monday at 11:00am-1:00pm USCIS, Tukwila - Protest!
7/3 Tuesday 8:00am - 1pm at ICE Office, Seattle - Vigil
7/4 Wednesday at 1:00pm (Invite-only): Community Summit #FreedomForImmigrants with Governor Inslee:
7/5 Thursday 2PM - 4PM Reichert’s, Newhouse, Herrera-Beutler, McMorris-Rodgers - Walk a Mile In Our Shoes Congressional Visits
MORE UPCOMING EVENTS
Weekly Seattle Indivisible Meeting continues as usual, Tuesday, July 3 at 7pm at the Washington State Labor Council!
There will be no Resist Trump Tuesday next week so that we can join the ICE vigil (listed above).