At the time of the writing of this action on the evening of February 14, a spending bill that keeps the government open has passed both the House and the Senate, and Donald Trump is expected to sign the bill into law on Friday morning. This should be a reason for celebration, except that this budget bill has two massive problems:
It fails to extend backpay to contract employees of the government
It actually gives ICE more money for detention
We are incredibly disappointed that our Senators voted for this bill. Here's some more background from Tom Jawetz, the Vice President for Immigration Policy at the Center for American Progress: https://twitter.com/TomJawetz/status/1095948126609985536
Today's Action: Tell our Senators that we are deeply disappointed with them
Sen. Patty Murray — DC: 202-224-2621; Seattle: 206-553-5545
Sen. Maria Cantwell — DC: 202-224-3441; Seattle: 206-220-6400
"I’m gratified that the Senator took action to address the threat of a government shutdown, but increased funding for ICE while failing to provide backpay for federal contractor employees is the wrong step. Increased funding for ICE threatens immigrants with violence, detention, and deportation. I urge the Senator to make sure this is not allowed to happen."
In the event of a declaration of a national emergency...
We think there's a good chance that Donald Trump will have declared a national emergency after we write this and before you read it. If that happens, please still make the calls outlined above. The situation will be very fluid. Undoubtedly, the ACLU will file a lawsuit seeking an emergency injunction immediately after the national emergency is declared, and it is likely that the Attorney General of California will do the same. We will be monitoring the situation and will potentially offer up another mid-day action if the opportunity presents itself.