Tell our MoCs to visit detained migrants

(Today's action is adapted from our friends at RAICES, a nonprofit that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees. https://www.raicestexas.org)

Did you hear about the site visits that over a dozen Representatives made to Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) 'detention' facilities on Monday? There, they saw the abhorrent conditions that our government is keeping migrants in. Vox published an article on Tuesday that summarized the horrifying findings of this group of lawmakers:

https://www.vox.com/2019/7/2/20678806/aoc-democrat-texas-border-facility-tour

We think that Washington's entire Congressional delegation should also see the deplorable conditions to which CBP is subjecting human beings, and today we're asking you to call the members of Congress that we can directly sway.

Today's Action: Ask our members of Congress to visit Border Patrol 'detention' facilities

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

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 heard about the CBP detention facility visits that other members of Congress have recently done, like Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez, and I'm calling to ask {MoC} to do the same thing. I think that {MoC} should have first-hand knowledge of how our government is treating detained migrants and their children. Will {MoC} commit to making this trip?"

Good News

The Trump administration announced on Tuesday that they were abandoning their efforts to place a citizenship question on the 2020 Census! A citizenship question would have had a chilling effect on the responses of traditionally undercounted populations, including non-citizens, minorities, and other vulnerable groups. This would have depressed the Census response rate, especially in areas with immigrants. The net effect of the question would have been to reduce the number of Congressional seats allocated to cities, as well as decrease federal funding received by cities by billions of dollars.

https://www.axios.com/census-citizenship-question-trump-administration-printing-f7492b57-5ac4-431e-88a8-8ec152d10275.html

More Good News

It sounds like the DNC is caving on holding a debate specifically about the climate crisis. It's absurd that they didn't originally schedule a debate about the greatest existential threat of our generation but, much like the possibility of eventual legislative action on climate change, better late than never.

https://thinkprogress.org/dnc-set-to-vote-on-climate-debate-victory-for-youth-protesters-sunrise-movement-bfa98af30dc1/