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Can You Visit Your Legislators NOW thru Sept.1, and
Raise These 5 Issues to Support Refugees, Immigrants, & Farmworkers?
 
National legislators will be in their state and district offices the final half of August and will likely base their priorities on what they hear from constituents during this time. It's a critical time for refugees, immigrants, faith groups, and community members to visit our Senators and Representatives to urge them to support refugees, immigrants, and farmworkers by protecting DACA, supporting refugee resettlement, opposing funding for excessive deportation, detention, and border militarization, rejecting the RAISE Act, and supporting the Agricultural Worker Program Act of 2017.   
 
ARE YOU ABLE TO LEAD OR JOIN A FAITH TEAM IN-DISTRICT VISIT WITH ANY OF THE FOLLOWING OFFICES?

Please contact Rev. Sharon Stanley-Rea at sstanley@dhm.disciples.org or 202-957-7826 as
soon as you can if you are willing to make a visit! 

ALL offices are helpful to visit - but each legislator listed below is a member of key budget, appropriation, and/or security committees that will make critical decisions soon regarding support for refugees and immigrants:
 
Richard Durbin  IL
Bernie Sanders  VT
Patty Murray  WA
Kamala Harris  CA
Chuck Schumer  NY  
Patrick Leahy  VT
Jeanne Shaheen  NH
Tammy Baldwin  WI
Joe Manchin  WV
Jon Tester  MT
Chris Van Hollen  MD 
Jeff Merkley  OR
Claire McCaskill  MO 
Mitch McConnell  KY
John Cornyn  TX 
Orrin Hatch  UT
Lindsey Graham SC
Mike Enzi  WY
Thad Cochran  MS 
John Boozman  AR
John Neely Kennedy LA
Richard Shelby  AL
Lisa Murkowski  AK 
Ron Johnson  WI
James Lankford  OK
John Hoeven  ND
Steve Daines  MT
Dianne Feinstein  CA
Chris Murphy  CT
Tim Kaine  VA
Bob Menendez  NJ
Michael Bennet  CO
Tammy Duckworth  IL
Catherine Cortez Masto NV 
Elizabeth Warren MA


PRIORITY ASKS FOR REFUGEES AND IMMIGRANTS NOW INCLUDE:
 
1.   Protect DACA and Support The DREAM Act
Quick Facts
  • August recess is the longest amount of time Members of Congress are in their home offices.
  • House of Representatives members are in district offices July 31-Sept. 4.
  • Senators are in state offices Aug. 14-Sept. 4.
Ten attorneys general have threatened to sue the U.S. if the President doesn't end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program by Sept. 5th! DACA now protects 800,000 young people from deportation and provides work authorization.
Congress needs to do everything in their power to defend DACA, including support the bipartisan DREAM Act.  
 
2.  Affirm the Importance of Refugee Resettlement
Between now and the end of September, the administration must consult with Congress to determine how many refugees to resettle in Fiscal Year 2018. Congress needs to protect funding for refugee assistance abroad and resettlement in the U.S. and urge the Trump administration to resettle at least 75,000 refugees.
3.  Cut Funding for Deportations, Detention and Border Militarization
Trump has asked Congress for more than $4.5 billion to increase deportations, detention, and border militarization. Congress needs to hear that their constituents want them to reject these requests and instead reduce funding for deportations, detention and border militarization, which are destroying our communities.
4.  Reject the anti-family, anti-refugee, anti-immigrant RAISE Act
Congress must reject this anti-family, anti-refugee, and anti-immigrant bill.
5.   Support the Agricultural Worker Program Act of 2017.
Also, Call your Senators & Representative EVERY DAY FROM NOW
THRU THE END OF AUGUST!
Find DC & local office numbers at www.senate.gov  and www.house.gov 
 
Sample script: "I'm your constituent from [CITY/TOWN], and I ask the [Senator/Rep] to do everything in their power to keep the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program intact, reduce funding for detention, deportation, and border militarization, reject the RAISE Act, and urge the Administration to resettle at least 75,000 refugees next year."
 
See Also:
Toolkit to plan your local congressional visit:
www.interfaithimmigration.org/neighbor
Members of Congress town hall meetings this August: townhallproject.com
Learn more about your Members of Congress at www.senate.gov and www.house.gov
 
For questions, and to share learnings from your conversations and visits, contact:  Rev. Sharon Stanley-Rea, Disciples Refugee and Immigration Ministries, sstanley@dhm.disciples.org, 202-957-7826, @StanleyRea

Blessings to you!
Sharon
Rev. Dr. Sharon Stanley-Rea
Director of Refugee & Immigration Ministries     
Disciples Home Missions
Five Thomas Circle, N.W. 


Washington, D.C. 20005-4153

(202) 957-7826 (Cell)

Refugee & Immigration Ministries is a ministry of Disciples Home Missions in Partnership with the Christian Church Capital Area and the Disciples Center for Public Witness