Trump’s manufactured immigration crisis, caused by adoption of inhumane and cruel zero tolerance policy—which enabled ICE storm troopers to wrench families apart at the border—backfired, forcing him to backtrack somewhat.
His Executive Order allegedly ending family separation fails to address how the thousands of already separated families will be reunified. Nor does it scrap zero tolerance for asylum seekers (including domestic violence survivors), creating, instead, a system of indefinite family detention in prison-like conditions, which runs afoul of a Ninth Circuit decision that the government cannot hold any minor in custody for more than 20 days.
As Senator Merkley tweeted, Trump merely “replac[ed] his inhumane child-snatching policy with another damaging strategy of handcuffs for all.” Public outrage must continue—both to expose Trump’s inhumanity and to force Congress to pass legislation stopping the zero-tolerance policy and addressingTrump’s other disastrous immigration policies, without compromising due process.
To date, the only victories have come in federal courts. But, once Trump reshapes them in his image, they’ll no longer safeguard our rights or promote justice.
We cannot allow either to happen. Our MoCs must continue to fight for a humane immigration policy and a federal judiciary that serves all Americans.
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“My name is [–] and I’m a constituent from [city], Oregon [zip code]. I am calling to express my dismay at Trump’s zero tolerance policy, and indefinite family detention in prison-like conditions. I am asking the Representative to speak out by (1) voting NO on both immigration bills in the House, (2) supporting legislation that keeps families of asylum seekers together and in the community while they await asylum hearings, and (3) opposing legislation that would keep families detained indefinitely, limiting their ability to retain attorneys and prepare their asylum claims Thank you.”
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Forty federal district court nominees, two federal Claims Court nominees, and 3 federal circuit court nominees await Senate confirmation. The vast majority are right-wing, anti-choice, anti-worker, anti GLBTQ, anti-environment, anti-minority, pro-gun who put the interests of corporations over those of ordinary citizens—many opposed by their home-state senators and approved by the Judiciary Committee on party-line votes. Thomas Farr (district court), Ryan Bounds (9th Cir.) and Andrew Oldham (5th Cir.) are likely to come up for a vote this week. You can write to your senators about each of these nominees by using www.herdonthehill.org.
It has become clear that we need a different Congress to protect our democratic values, our families, and our independent judiciary.
- Please make sure you and everyone you know is registered to vote.
- Check out Indivisible Oregon’s website for plans for midterms.
- Join us in working to defeat the Trump-aligned US Congresswoman in our closest swing district by volunteering to engage voters there.
- Ask every candidate for Congress where they stand on this administration’s cruel immigration policies that imprison asylum seekers and their children and preclude many from even making their claims in court.
- Ask where they stand on how our federal judiciary is chosen and whether they believe that home-state senators should have some say in the makeup of the courts that will rule on their citizens’ claims.
Remember the 2018 elections will be the most important of our lives.