Please forward this message to people and organizations who care about our immigrant friends and neighbors.
House budget debates begin on MONDAY, April 23, and our allies in the House will be lobbying to include basic protections for immigrants in the House budget. Urge your Representative to bar police from inquiring about immigration status, ensure basic due process for immigrants, and end collaboration between our sheriffs and ICE.
We also want to be sure you saw the Globe’s excellent coverage of yesterday’s Children’s March at the State House attended by the children of Massachusetts immigrants. (“Refusing to be silent, the children of immigrants speak out“.) The children wrote and delivered letters to the Speaker and the Governor asking for state action this year to protect the Commonwealth’s immigrant families from the federal government’s aggressive policies on immigration. Hats off to ECCO and JALSA, who organized it!
Let’s amplify their voices with ours! Here are three actions you can take:
- ACLU is hosting phone-banking on-site in its Boston office at 211 Congress Street, 4th floor, on Monday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. RSVP today to Olivia at Osantoro@aclum.org.
- Please call Speaker DeLeo’s office (617-722-2500) and your House Representative on Monday between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. (the House is open late during budget negotiations) or Tuesday morning. See a suggested script below.
- Forward this email to your networks across Massachusetts, and follow up this weekend with phone calls to key contacts who have other networks.
Sample script for calls:
- Hello, my name is ____________ and I live in [city or town]. I am calling to urge [the Speaker][Representative ____________] to REJECT any anti-immigrant budget amendments to the budget, AND to work to pass concrete protections for immigrant families. In particular, we need to make sure police don’t ask people about their immigration status; make sure immigrants in custody know their legal rights; and end collaboration agreements between our sheriffs and ICE.
- [Optional] Children of immigrants were at the State House last Thursday asking for action to protect their parents from deportation. You may have seen excerpts from their letters in Friday’s Globe. No child should have to be in this position. Please urge the Speaker/the Representative to take action today. Thank you!