While unfortunately, we were unable to stop the supplemental Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding bill to stop the oval office's deportation machine, we have another opportunity to cut off funding: in the Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) DHS Appropriations bill.
Per Indivisible National:
The appropriations process, where Congress decides how much funding agencies will receive for the year—including Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP)—is underway. The first draft of the appropriations bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which was released on June 4, included some key improvements over the status quo; for example, it proposes cutting the number of beds ICE can use to detain people, and taking back the money that Trump stole for his wall when he declared a fake emergency. But the bill isn’t perfect, and Democrats on the Appropriations Committee still need to hold strong to protect these gains and make key improvements.
The Appropriations Committee approved the bill on June 11 after adding amendments to strengthen it (such as a provision defunding of some of Trump's most disgusting executive orders/actions/regulations, like the Muslim Ban). However, some unacceptable provisions did make it in to this version of the bill, such as a $387 million slush fund for ICE. Now, the fight will move to the full House, which has to act by September 30 to pass funding bills for the entire government.
The appropriations process is our best chance to act to stop Trump’s deportation machine. If you care about ending Trump’s racist immigration policies — like separating, caging, and tear gassing families—make a call today and tell your Member of Congress (MoC) to cut funding for ICE and CBP, and get rid of the slush fund that will allow ICE to continue terrorizing immigrant communities.
ACTION: Call your Representative and Senators and ask them to cut ICE and CBP funding in FY20 appropriations bill
Rep. Pramila Jayapal: DC - 202-225-3106 Seattle - 206-674-0040
Rep. Adam Smith: DC - 202-225-8901 Renton - 425-793-5180
Senator Patty Murray: DC - 202-224-2621 Seattle - 206-553-5545
Senator Maria Cantwell: DC - 202-224-3441 Seattle - 206-220-6400
SCRIPT (Courtesy of Indivisible National):
Hi, my name is [NAME] and I'm calling from [PLACE].
"I'm calling to ask [MoC] to Defund Hate in this year's budget by cutting funding for ICE and CBP in the Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill, and by getting rid of the slush fund in that bill that will allow ICE to continue terrorizing immigrant communities.
Will you commit to work to Defund Hate?"
While you're on the phone to lawmakers, tell them we won't condone the openly racist attacks by Donald Trump on four U.S. House Representatives of color. This is intolerable and we won't stand by while racism is promoted against anyone.
TODAY: "The Investigation," A Search for Truth in Ten Acts
The topic of our regular Indivisible meeting today will be the Mueller report, in anticipation of Robert Mueller's testimony on July 24th. The Investigation, a play based on the report, was written by Robert Schenkkan, a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner. The live cast includes Annette Bening, Kevin Kline, John Lithgow and many others. And yes, it is entertaining! John Lithgow has too much fun playing Trump! Come for fun! food! fabulous prizes! Raffle to benefit WAISIN Fair Fight Bond Fund ($5 suggested donation) We will have a quick meeting at 7:00. The movie will start at 7:30 and lasts 1 1/2 hours.
The meeting is at the Washington State Labor Council:
321 16th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98144
This meeting venue is wheelchair-accessible, and can be reached by King County Metro buses 7, 14, 27, 36, and 106, and the First Hill Streetcar.