The fate of hundreds of Somalis will be decided tomorrow, July 19, by the Department of Homeland Security. These are people who came to America fleeing violence and famine, and some have been living here for decades and have started families. However, tomorrow it seems likely that the DHS will refuse to extend their Temporary Protected Status (which has been extended 22 times since it was introduce by Bush in 1991).
There is a large Somali community right here in Seattle that deserves our support and solidarity. Last week Rep. Jayapal helped lead Rep. Smith and 83 other members of congress to submit a letter to DHS demanding the Somali’s temporary protected status be extended. Let’s call our reps to thank them for their action, and ask all of them to do whatever they can to protect the Somali population regardless of DHS’ decision tomorrow.
Action: Support the Somali population
Remember to log your calls here: 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 for Senators:
“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I am calling from [ZIP]. I am concerned that hundreds of Somalis who have lived in America for decades may have their temporary protected status rescinded today by the DHS. Please speak out to support our Somali brothers and sisters, and do whatever you can to keep their families together.”
Script for Reps:
“Hi, my name is [NAME] and I am calling from [ZIP]. I am concerned that hundreds of Somalis who have lived in America for decades may have their temporary protected status rescinded today by the DHS. I am calling to thank [Rep] for joining [his/her] colleagues to send a letter to DHS in support of extending the Temporary Protected Status of Somali refugees. Please continue to speak out to support our Somali brothers and sisters, and do whatever you can to keep their families together.”
Here is the full text of the letter our House reps sent to DHS: https://ellison.house.gov/sites/ellison.house.gov/files/201.07.13%20TPS%20for%20Somalia.pdf
Article providing more background: http://www.startribune.com/trump-administration-to-rule-on-special-immigration-status-for-somalis/488445871/
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