Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Tuesday 6/26 Call to Action

Immigration Bill
Let’s talk about immigration again today. I don’t know about you, but I find these immigration bills to be a bit confusing. Let’s see if we can find a clearer path today.
The House GOP introduced two new immigration bills. The first “conservative” bill, HR 4760 (https://www.congress.gov/…/115th-congr…/house-bill/4760/text), from Representative Goodlatte, was voted on last week and did not pass. The second “compromise” bill, HR 6136 (https://www.congress.gov/…/115th-cong…/house-bill/6136/text…), will be up for a vote sometime this week. Don’t let the “compromise” fool you. This means that this bill is a compromise between the most conservative and more moderate Republicans in the House. It is still a bad bill. Here’s what it will do:
* Provide $25 Billion for Trump’s border wall.
* Increase the number of Customs and Border Protection agents without providing any meaningful oversight for their behavior.
* Allow the Department of Homeland Security to more easily deport children back to the dangerous counties from which they fled.
* Permit the government to hold children in jail for longer than the current limit of 20 days.
* Increase the standard of proof that asylum seekers need, making it more difficult for them to escape persecution and violence.
* Eliminate the Diversity Visa program that allows immigrants from all countries a fair chance of entering our nation.
* Eliminate many family-based visas that allow married adult children and siblings of American citizens to come to the U. S.
* Increase pressure on local governments to comply with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
* Tie the fate of Dreamers to an untested and convoluted points system that would exclude many of them from gaining citizenship.
Please keep in mind that conservative groups have been very active, contacting their members of Congress asking for a more restrictive bill than this one. That means we all need to step up our game. I am not advocating for lax border security. We all want secure borders. The problem is this: The people that are coming to America’s southern border are fleeing terrible conditions in their home lands. Nobody leaves their country unless the alternative of violence, suffering and death is so bad that they feel they have no other choice. A better solution to our immigration problem would be for the U. S. to become a leader and help stabilize these countries so that their citizens want to stay.
Read more about the plight of immigrants here: https://www.npr.org/…/migrants-are-stuck-in-mexico-with-vio…
Why is all this happening? Conservatives have argued that the issue of immigration was a driving force in Trump's 2016 presidential victory and voters expect the party to follow through on the promise to enact more hard-line policies policing the southwest border. Simply put, the Republicans are worried about November’s elections and they all pulling out all the stops to rally their base. This is evident here in congressional districts 2 and 3. While Representative Erik Paulsen, of CD3 has taken a softer approach to immigration, (perhaps in hopes of convincing his constituents that he is an independent voice for their district), CD2’s Representative Jason Lewis is going all in on the Trump Train. Not only did he appear on stage with Trump in Duluth last week (the day after reports of babies being held in “tender age” facilities), but he also posted an inflammatory post about Dreamers on his official website.
You can find Rep. Paulsen’s comments on immigration (as well as many other MN GOPs) here: https://www.twincities.com/…/we-know-dems-oppose-trumps-im…/
I see you Rep. Lewis! You too Rep. Emmer. https://www.twincities.com/…/we-know-dems-oppose-trumps-im…/
Read Rep. Lewis’ snarky comments here: https://jasonlewis.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx…
Now that you are armed with information, give your members of Congress a call. Tell them that this bill will simply not do. Go back to the drawing board and make something better. Also, get those innocent children back with their families ASAP.
NOW is the time for you to get active to make good change in November. Do you live in an area that is well represented by great people? Volunteer your time in a needy district. Check out this fun activity from MN Indivisible Alliance on June 29th:
Come pledge to do two volunteer doorknocking shifts (at least) every month until the election, and make a plan with us! You can even "adopt" if you want -- knock 1x for your home district and 1x for an adopted purple district. We’ll crowdsource candidate information, organize for specific dates at the party, and then you'll have everything you need to bring your members along with you when you hit the doors!
You have 4 MONTHS to make a difference. Remember, elections have consequences. 2018’s are HUGE.
Families Belong Together
Mark your calendars for the nationwide protest taking place on June 30th. There are multiple Minnesota options now. https://act.moveon.org/ev…/families-belong-together/search/…
Want to do more than protest and make phone calls? Donate $$ to the organizations at the front line trying to help these families. https://www.texastribune.org/…/heres-list-organizations-ar…/
Or here: https://www.facebook.com/donate/490507544717085/
Tina Folch House Candidate for 54B. Looking for a fun activity that’s kid friendly and easy to do? Join Tina’s crew at the Hastings Rivertown Days Parade on July 22nd. Look here for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/203721917052812/
Do you live in the 2nd congressional district? Do you live in a blue part of Minnesota and you want to help others? Check out CD2Action’s calendar for upcoming activities. CD2Action https://cd2action.com/, @CD2action
Sites to Check:
If Trump fires Mueller or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, please be ready to take to the streets in protest.
Smith (202) 224-5641
House of Representative switchboard: (202) 224-3121
MN Legislators: https://www.leg.state.mn.us/leg/legislators
Resistbot: https://resistbot.io/
Governor Dayton- https://mn.gov/governor/contact-us/
David Byrne's "Miss America," from his 1997 album, Feelings.

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