Tell our Senators not one more cent for ICE raids

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On Tuesday evening, the House voted 230 to 195 to authorize $4.5 billion in spending on what the New York Times described as "humanitarian aid" for migrants coming into the United States from the south. The bill passed by the House included restrictions on how the money could be used, with Representative Nita Lowey saying "[the bill ensured] these funds are used for humanitarian needs only — not for immigration raids, not detention beds, not a border wall."

However, this bill does nothing to solve the structural issues that have allowed ICE to terrorize families and CBP to lock up children in conditions tantamount to torture, which is why Pramila Jayapal had the following to say about her "yea" vote on this bill:

"I have tremendous apprehensions about [voting for this bill]...I am not doing so believing that this is going to solve the problems. I am doing so because I am willing in the name of these children to see if we can do something to improve those conditions at the border."

The Senate, meanwhile, passed its own version of the House's bill on Wednesday, without the 'safeguards' present in the House bill. For instance, the Senate's bill includes more funding for ICE, and does nothing to improve conditions in the facilities where we are currently caging migrant children.

On its face, it isn't surprising that the Senate passed this bill, nor is it surprising that the Senate bill is far worse than the House bill—after all, Republicans still hold a majority in that legislative chamber, and Mitch McConnell is still the Senate Majority Leader.

However, what is surprising and shocking is that the Senate bill passed 84-8, including "aye" votes from both of our Senators.

Today's Action: Tell our Senators that we expect them to do more

Call both Senators:

  • Sen. Patty Murray--DC 202-224-2621; Seattle 206-553-5545

  • Sen. Maria Cantwell--DC 202-224-3441; Seattle 206-220-6400

Sample Script:

"Hi, my name is {NAME}, and I'm calling from {CITY, ZIP}. I saw that the Senator voted for the Senate's version of the humanitarian aid package for the southern border, which won't ensure that conditions improve for the migrant children we're jailing, or help stop more children from dying along our border. I want to see the Senator fight for a better bill."

Bonus Action: Tell your Representative to vote "NO" on the next vote on this bill

Because of how bills become law, the House will need to take another vote on this same bill in the days to come. When that vote reaches the floor, our Representatives should vote "NO" on the bill. The Department of Homeland Security has all of the money it ensure that migrant children all receive toothbrushes, lice brushes, and medical care. They are simply choosing to be evil. Our Representatives should do the morally right thing and refuse to give any more money to DHS.

Call your Representative:

  • Rep. Pramila Jayapal--DC 202-225-3106; Seattle 206-674-0040

  • Rep. Adam Smith--DC 202-225-8901; Renton 425-793-5180

Sample Script:

"Hi, my name is {NAME}, and I'm calling from {CITY, ZIP}. I'm disappointed to see that H.R. 3401 passed the House. DHS has all of the funding it needs to ensure that migrant children are not tortured on their watch. Will {REPRESENTATIVE} commit to voting against the border supplemental when it comes up for its next vote?"

Background

Senate roll call vote on H.R. 3401: https://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=116&session=1&vote=00185

All quotes in this daily action are from the following links.

The New York Times has a good feature that describes some of the differences between the House and Senate bills: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/24/us/politics/house-senate-border-spending-bills.html

NYT on the House bill: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/25/us/politics/border-funding-vote.html

NYT on the Senate bill: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/26/us/politics/child-migrants-senate.html

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