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Raise Our Voices for Justice & Human Rights!
Join us on Tuesday, August 28, 2007, – in a national day of action to expose and continue denouncing the devastating humanitarian crisis being visited on immigrant families, workers and communities by U.S. policies and actions in border control, immigration law enforcement and services.
Please call your Congressional delegation, urging them to take immediate action to stop the migrant deaths and disappearances at the border and to end all immigration raids and a moratorium on the detention and deportation of all immigrants.
Take Action for Immigrant Rights!
Please call or fax your Congressional delegation (two Senators and one Representative) to demand an investigation into the horrific numbers of migrant deaths at the U.S.-Mexico border and to call for hearings to end immigration raids and immigrant detentions and deportations.
To find your Congressional delegation’s telephone and fax numbers, open link below and then click on your state, then click on your two Senators’ and Representative’s name to find their district offices numbers:
Call or fax your Senators and Representative
Tell them to stop the repressive ICE and Border Patrol operations and to change the immigration policies that are terrorizing and violating the rights of immigrant families, workers and communities.
In your voice make an urgent call for:
* Socially just legalization that protects and expands the rights of all immigrants, keeps families together, provides access and options to permanent residency and citizenship
* Stopping the deaths of migrants at the border and demand a Congressional investigation into the root causes of the humanitarian crisis being caused by immigration enforcement and services
* Ending the militarization of border and immigration control, which deliberately cause the deaths and disappearance of migrants on the border
* An end to all immigration raids
* A moratorium on all immigrant detentions and deportations
* Restoring and expanding the due process rights of all immigrants
* Uphold the labor rights of U.S.-born and immigrant workers: Repeal employer sanctions and all employment verification systems, including Social Security no-match letters
* Protecting and expanding the civil, labor, and human rights of all immigrants and refugees
Raise your voices and take action as part of the growing movement calling on Congress and on all people of good conscience to stop the raids and the jailing and deportations of all immigrants.
Immigration Policies Are Causing a Humanitarian Crisis
Over 200 deceased migrants have been recovered from the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona in the last 11 months; about half of all migrant dead are recovered in Arizona alone. Migrants are dying and disappearing in the desert and mountainous regions of the border as a result of deliberate U.S. policy called “prevention through deterrence,” forcing migrants to risk their lives in order to reunite with their families in the U.S. or find work to survive.
An average of two migrants who have died from dehydration and exposure to the natural elements are found every day on the U.S. side of the border. Border community groups estimate that for every deceased migrant recovered, at least ten others are missing.
Since 1994, when the current strategy was implemented, over 4500 migrant dead have been recorded deliberately caused by the U.S. government’s failed border and immigration control policies that force migrants through the most deadly and isolated desert and mountainous regions of the border.
The Department of Homeland Security is using immigration law enforcement strategies that destabilize and traumatize immigrant communities everywhere and are causing horrific migrant suffering and deaths on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Operations involving ICE and Border Patrol agents, as well as other law enforcement agents, have led to a widening assault on migrant communities, where neighborhoods, stores, and workplaces are targets of indiscriminate immigration raids, and where jailing and deporting of thousands of documented and undocumented immigrants occurs on a daily basis.
Starting in September, the U.S. will have enough jail space to imprison as many as 31,000 immigrants per day. The Bush Administration will also dramatically increase the resources and funding to jail and deport immigrants, increasing its law enforcement personnel with thousands more ICE and Border Patrol agents who, in collaboration with local police, will be hounding immigrant families, workers and communities to fill private and public jails with space exclusively meant for immigrants.
We are asking you to call or fax your Congressional delegation (two Senators and one Representative) demanding an investigation into the migrant deaths occurring on the U.S.-Mexico border and to hold hearings on impacts of immigration raids and immigrant detentions and deportations.
The August 28 national day of action will add to the growing movement calling on Congress to stop the raids, jailing and deportations of all immigrants.
Please call on your Congressional delegation urging them to hold hearings and investigations into the policies and strategies causing the migrant deaths and the mass violations of the rights of immigrants as a result of raids, detentions and deportations.
ANNOUNCING THE ACTIONS: We will hold a national telephonic media conference on Monday, August 27, 2007, at 10:00 AM PST to announce local and regional actions being organized as part of the August 28 national day of action against anti-immigrant repression.
Starting on the national day of action, Tuesday, August 28, 2007, we are asking you to organize:
* Calls and faxes to your Congressional delegations demanding an end to the anti-immigrant repression, including stopping all immigration raids, immigrant detentions and deportations and holding Congressional investigations and hearings on the migrant deaths at the border and the anti-immigrant repression (See model letter below).
* Picket-lines and protests in front of the ICE/DHS offices and detention centers and other public officials calling for accountability and end to the repression.
* Local media conferences, forums and vigils on the humanitarian crisis at the border and interior to expose the migrant deaths, the raids and deportations, which are at the center of the repression against immigrant communities from the border to the non-border areas where we live, work, worship, study and play.
Make calls and send faxes to your Congressional delegation demanding:
o Congressional hearings and investigations on the official U.S. policies and strategies of border and immigration control that are causing the deaths of hundreds of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border every year, including untold suffering as families are divided and communities traumatized by deportations.
o An end to immigration raids,
o A moratorium on all immigrant detentions and deportations, and
o Socially just and fair legalization that protects our civil, labor and human rights
Click on these links to find your Congressional delegation’s district office telephone and fax numbers:
National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
Red Nacional Pro Derechos Inmigrantes y Refugiados