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May 8, 2018

RIM Urges Disciples: Help Immigrant Families Now

Right now, Congress is considering federal funding proposals that would expand a deportation force to tear families and communities apart, detain an unprecedented 52,000 people daily, and further militarize border communities. This funding would balloon an already bloated immigration detention and deportation force - at the expense of investments in education, healthcare, and refugee resettlement, which would serve only to dismantle community wholeness. Congress has the "power of the purse" and must reject this proposal and cut funding to the machinery behind unjust deportation, detention, and further militarization of our border communities.

On Tuesday, May 8th, Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, will appear before federal lawmakers to share her priorities for next fiscal year (FY 2019). Every dollar that is spent on detention, deportation, and border militarization will go toward dismantling family unity. It is critical that Senators hear loudly and clearly that their constituents want them to press Secretary Nielsen about what she will do to protect our community members from additional deportations, family separation, and dangerous detention and increase oversight and accountability in the agency.

Call Senate Appropriations Homeland Security Members Today (May 7th)!

*Please call the Senators from your state. If your state is not listed, call the Chair and Ranking Member.

Sample Script: "I'm your constituent from [CITY/TOWN], and [as a person of faith] I urge you to ask Secretary Nielsen about what she will do to protect our community members from additional deportations, family separation, and dangerous detention and increase oversight and accountability in the Department of Homeland Security during the May 8th Senate appropriations hearing. I also urge you to reduce detention, deportation, and border militarization funding in fiscal year 2019. Please stand with dreamers in the United States and support the Dream Act, or another bipartisan, legislative solution that protects as many dreamers as possible without compromising family unity."
Chair (West Virginia): Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV): 202-224-6472 / @SenCapito
Ranking Member (Montana): Senator Jon Tester (D-MT): 202-224-2644 / @SenatorTester
Alabama: Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL): 202-224-5744 / @SenShelby
Alaska: Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK): 202-224-6665 / @LisaMurkowski
Arkansas: Senator John Boozman (R-AR): 202-224-4843 / @JohnBoozman
Louisiana: Senator John Kennedy (R-LA): 202-224-4623 / @SenJohnKennedy
Montana: Senator Jon Tester (D-MT): 202-224-2644 / @SenatorTester
New Hampshire: Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH): 202-224-2841 / @SenatorShaheen
North Dakota: Senator John Hoeven (R-ND): 202-224-2551 / @SenJohnHoeven
Oklahoma: Senator James Lankford (R-OK): 202-224-5754 / @SenatorLankford
Vermont: Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT): 202-224-4242 / @SenatorLeahy
Washington: Senator Patty Murray (D-WA): 202-224-2621 / @PattyMurray
West Virginia:
Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV): 202-224-6472 / @SenCapito
Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV): 202-224-3954 / @Sen_JoeManchin
Wisconsin: Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI): 202-224-5653 / @SenatorBaldwin

Share Your Message on Social Media! Please tweet at the Senators listed above, and feel free to use or adapt these sample posts:
.@[SENATOR], Every dollar that is spent for detention, deportation, and border militarization will go toward dismantling family unity. Please protect our communities. #DefundHate #ValueOurFamilies
.@[SENATOR], Please support a bipartisan, legislative solution that protects as many dreamers as possible without compromising family unity. #DefundHate #ValueOurFamilies
.@[SENATOR], I urge you to reject DHS funding proposals, which would balloon an already bloated immigration detention and deportation force - at the expense of investments in education, healthcare, and refugee resettlement. #DefundHate #ValueOurFamilies

On Tuesday, May 8th, join us in sharing the questions you would like these Senators to ask Secretary Nielsen during the hearing, as she unveils her vision for the future of the country's biggest law enforcement agency, which has a record of abuse and impunity and one of the highest rates of corruption across the federal government. You can choose from the questions below, or write your own.
.@[SENATOR], Please ask Secretary Nielsen about what she will do to protect our community members from additional deportations, family separation, and dangerous detention and increase oversight and accountability in DHS. #DefundHate #ValueOurFamilies
.@[SENATOR], As your constituent, I urge you to reject DHS's funding proposal and reduce detention, deportation, and border militarization funding in fiscal year 2019. #DefundHate #ValueOurFamilies
.@[SENATOR], Please ask Sec. Nielsen why she wishes to expand a deportation force to tear families and communities apart, detain an unprecedented 52,000 people daily, and further militarize border communities. #DefundHate #ValueOurFamilies

For advocacy questions, contact: Rev. Dr. Sharon Stanley-Rea, Director, Disciples Refugee & Immigration Ministries, sstanley@dhm.disciples.org, 202-957-7826.

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