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Fridays's D3 Daily Action: Keep the Dream Act Moving

Our friends at the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition need your help.

The Dream Act has bipartisan support in the House and Senate.

Even the president has been moved to a permanent pathway to citizenship that fixes our broken system, and now it is time to keep up the push Colorado's congressional delegation

Colorado Congressman Scott Tipton has yet to sign on in support of the 2017 Dream Act, and we need your support to get him there.

Call Congressman Scott Tipton with a short message of support today! Read here for more DACA 101. 

Need talking points and ideas? Check out this handy fact sheet. 

 Phone: (202) 225-4761

"Hello, my name is _________________ from ____town____,  and I am urging Representative Tipton to support the Dream Act. Creating a permanent pathway to citizenship for young Dreamers is the smart way to fix our broken immigration system. I hope you will work to protect DACA recipients now and give our bright young generation of Dreamers a chance to make this country stronger. "

Stay Strong America.

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Thursday's D3 Daily Action: Support the Dream Act

Our friends at the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition need your help.

House Minority Leader Nanci Pelosi told the media in early October that Trump personally promised he would sign the 2017 Dream Act.  

We moved the president on a permanent pathway to citizenship that fixes our broken system, and now it is time to push Colorado's congressional delegation

Colorado Congressman Scott Tipton has yet to sign on in support of the 2017 Dream Act, and we need your support to get him there.

Call Congressman Scott Tipton with a short message of support today! Read here for more DACA 101. 

 Phone: (202) 225-4761

"Hello, my name is _________________ from ____town____,  and I am urging Representative Tipton to support the Dream Act. Creating a permanent pathway to citizenship for young Dreamers is the smart way to fix our broken immigration system. I hope you will work to protect DACA recipients now and give our bright young generation of Dreamers a chance to make this country stronger. "

Make sure to let them know if you are a constituent!

 

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Wednesday's D3 Daily Action: Stand up for those who can't stand up for themselves. 

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Last week, we brought you the story of Jane Doe...

...a young migrant woman in Trump Administration custody who was being denied access to abortion care.

Now, the very same agency and its same Trump-appointed Director are back, imposing their symbolic grandstanding on the lives of other young people caught in the limbo of a broken immigration system that they refuse to fix. 

Last week Rosa Maria, a 10-year-old suffering from cerebral palsy, was followed by Border Patrol agents to her surgery at a hospital and subsequently jailed in a youth detention center. She is now being asked to "voluntarily deport" herself and her parents are being denied access to her. 

Similar behavior by ICE and the Department of Homeland Security is on the rise under the current administration, even though formal policies exist barring such interventions at medical care and other key facilities. 

For more on the full story, see here

Our friends at the ACLU have announced their intention to sue the government to release Rosa Maria and to enforce formal policies of hospital sanctity. 

We encourage you to make a short call to the Office of Refugee Resettlement to let the agency know that the public is watching. For more information, talking points, and a script, click here

 

Stay Determined America.

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Tuesday's D3 Daily Action: Tell the Feds to Stop Blocking Women's Legal Access to Choice

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The Office of Refugee Resettlement was established to help integrate new immigrants into American society.

Under the current administration, it's become the latest partisan battleground over women's right to make their own choice. 

News has broken that the Office's Trump-appointed Director, Scott Lloyd, has instituted a policy of forced pregnancies and directed the organization to deny abortion care to young women in it's custody.

The ACLU has already sued once to get one woman, a Jane Doe, access to abortion care. A judge ordered the government to allow her access to her rights, but now the Trump Administration is now appealing. 

If you support a woman's right to choose, please consider signing the ACLU's petition to the Office of Refugee Resettlement.

Stay Strong America.

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Wednesday's D3 Daily Action: A Special Request from our friends at CIRC

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There are many victims of years of congressional inaction on immigration reform.

Ronald Reagan declared amnesty and created special measures to protect migrant children. George H. W. Bush extended these to some families. There was a time where officials of both parties could work to find compromise through legislation or executive branch action. In today's climate, none of that seems remotely possible. 

Without reform, our economy suffers. Our national security and criminal justice systems suffer. Our taxation, public income, schools, and social safety nets suffer. 

And millions of people suffer.

Melecio Andaloza of Colorado is one.

Melecio has worked in the U.S. since 1998 -- contributing to the economy as a hard-working construction laborer, paying sales and other taxes, building a life and a family and strengthening the American Dream. He has never committed a crime, but he is illegal.  

His four children -- one attending Yale -- are about to lose him to our senseless deportation policies. Melecio was detained under facetious pretenses in early October and is facing deportation to a place he hasn't seen in nearly 20 years. 

Our friends at the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition are asking for your help.

They are working to stop deportations of people like Melecio. To learn more about what happened to Melecio and to sign their petition for his stay of removal, please click here

Bonus mission: Read one important study on how immigrants are playing an outsized role in business and job growth in the U.S., and one report on how NAFTA and other trade policies displaced millions of Mexican workers. 

D3 Indivisible supports common sense immigration reform that addresses the terrible human and economic tolls of our broken system. 

Stay Strong America!

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Monday's D3 Daily Action - Stop the Muslim Travel Ban 3.0

New Trump travel ban goes into effect October 18. Ask your representatives what they plan to do about it. 

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Not last time. Not this time.

Trump's team is back with a more carefully planned legal argument to achieve his promised "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” With his past efforts cast aside by the courts, many civil rights and immigration watchers believe that Trump is returning better prepared -- and that this will be the biggest battle yet. 

What's different about this ban, how has Trump's strategy changed, and how will his past comments shape the battle in court? For more information, see Bloomberg and the ACLU

While many groups are pushing back and filing actions in court, including the ACLU and State of Hawai'i, citizens committed to protecting our civil rights and equality under the law can make a difference too -- by asking our representatives to declare whether they support Trump's feckless racial scapegoating or will take a stand for civil rights. 

This Monday, take a few minutes to call your representatives in Congress and the Senate and ask them what they plan to do to uphold our civil rights and oppose these divisive and hurtful policies. 

Sample language

Dear Representative Tipton / Senator Gardner, I am deeply concerned about the president’s new travel ban that adds a form with religion-specific questions to our already thorough immigrant screening process. I support our constitutional rights and oppose any attempt to discriminate against anyone -- including immigrants -- based on race and religion. Please contact me with details about what you are doing to protect our civil rights and equality under the law."

CALL SENATOR CORY GARDNER
Colorado Springs: 719-632-6706
Denver: 303-391-5777
Durango: 970-415-7416
Fort Collins: 970-484-3502
Grand Junction: 970-245-9553
Greeley: 970-352-5546
Pueblo: 719-543-1324
Washington, DC: 202-224-5941

CALL REPRESENTATIVE SCOTT TIPTON
Alamosa: 719-587-5105
Durango: 970-259-1490
Grand Junction: 970-241-2499
Pueblo: 719-542-1073
Washington, DC: 202-225-4761

Stand Strong America!

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Monday's D3 Daily Action: Advocate for a path to citizenship and oppose corporate detention profits.

Call Representative Scott Tipton: 202-225-4761
Call Senator Cory Garnder: 202-224-5941
Call Senator Michael Bennet: 202-224-5852

Script: I am calling about corporate involvement in deportation. A recent report showed some contracted companies run detention centers that violate basic human rights and fail to meet federal standards. ICE’s aggressive tactics are increasing numbers which worsens conditions. Also, deportation charter flights are a cash cow for airlines, and are rife with abuse. I am outraged that my tax dollar is funding corporations that violate human rights, waste money, and are linked with the Trump campaign. I know immigration is a complex issue, but I look to [name] to speak up against unnecessary deportations and hold corporate contractors to the highest standards. What is [name] doing to address aggressive deportation and create a path to citizenship?

 

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Monday's D3 Daily Action

Oppose the ban against Muslims, despite SCOTUS ruling (hat tip).

Write: Your 3 MoCs at a local office

Script: I’m a constituent from [ZIP], concerned about discrimination against Muslims immigrating to the US and the SCOTUS ruling. I am asking you for two things: 1. To extend the definition of family to include grandparents, fiancé/es, aunts, uncles, nephews, and nieces. 2. To pass stronger anti-discrimination and sanctuary resolutions so that liberty and welcome may prevail. Name, address

Bonus: Read this infographic.

 

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Thursday's D3 Daily Action

Oppose "No Sanctuary for Criminals Act," H.R. 3003 & "Kate’s Law," H.R. 3004 – Call Representative Tipton – Please call first thing this morning - VOTE HAPPENS TODAY!

Today, the House is voting on two anti-immigrant bills aimed at implementing Trump’s mass deportation agenda. The laws—called “No Sanctuary for Criminals Act” and “Kate’s Law”—would undercut local law enforcement’s ability to keep our communities safe, jeopardize national security, and give the Trump administration even more unchecked authority to apprehend, detain, and deport immigrants. Final votes are scheduled today on these bills!

With Health Care on the table, this is slipping under the radar...

Call Representative Tipton and tell him to VOTE NO on "No Sanctuary for Criminals Act," H.R. 3003 & "Kate’s Law," H.R. 3004.  

Lorella Praeli, the director of immigration policy at the American Civil Liberties Union, criticized the bills, saying they were “riddled with constitutional violations that completely disregard the civil and human rights of immigrants...Despite claims to the contrary, Kate’s Law and the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act will make our communities less safe by undermining the trust that law enforcement builds with its communities — citizen and immigrant alike.” - PBS

The National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) has joined more than 400 organizations in sending a letter to Congress opposing the bills and calling on elected officials to reject such nonsensical and harmful legislation. In the face of hateful rhetoric, now is the time to stand with immigrant communities.

More info:

Trump Calls on Congress to Crack Down on Illegal Immigration – CBS News

Trump presses passage of immigration measures – NBC News

President Trump urges passage of House immigration bills - PBS

 

 

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Friday's D3 Daily Action

Support local law enforcement in doing their job (not ICE’s).

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) picked up a fellow community member in Telluride this week and took her into detention. Her two young children were left behind and are being taken care of by other family members for the time being. If you want to help this individual, a fund has been set up at TriCounty Health Network for legal aid or other assistance. 

You can also help by calling our local law enforcement agencies to ask how they plan to handle circumstances like these as it is shown that using local police to enforce immigration law actually makes communities less safe.

Call: Your local police/sheriff’s non-emergency number (different for every town/county)

Script: I’m a resident of ______ and am calling to find out whether city/county police/sheriff plan to act on behalf of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. I’m concerned that ICE wants to use our local resources and make law enforcement’s job harder.