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Daily Action: Give ... And Tell Trump to Give Border Enforcement a Rest


CONTACT: 
Sen. Dianne Feinstein
DC: (202) 224-3841
LA: (310) 914-7300
Sen. Kamala Harris
DC: (202) 224-3553
LA:  (213) 894-5000
Rep. Julia Brownley: 
DC: (202) 225-5811
Thousand Oaks: (805) 379-1779
Rep. Ted Lieu:
DC: (202) 225-3976
LA: (323) 651-1040
Rep. Steve Knight:
DC: (202) 225-1956
Simi Valley: (805) 581-7130

Sample Script:
Hello, my name is __________, and I am a constituent of Senator/Representative ___________'s in _______________, California. I am calling to urge the Senator/Representative to demand that President Trump shut down Border Patrol checkpoints and other immigration enforcement in Texas for the duration of the crisis surrounding Hurricane Harvey. Every single person in the path of the storm is worth saving -- and undocumented immigrants shouldn't have to worry about being rounded up while they're trying to recover from the storm's impacts. I hope the Senator/Representative will make it clear that a natural disaster is no time to make life even more difficult for those trying to escape it. Thank you!


BACKGROUND
The damage from Hurricane Harvey is colossal in scope. Some areas are expected to receive up to 50 inches of rain in a matter of days; tens of thousands of Houston-area residents are expected seek shelter outside their homes. Experts say that cleanup and recovery from the storm will require several years, and tens of billions of dollars.

The American Red Cross, as always, is helping to lead the effort to provide relief to Texans whose lives and homes have been devastated by the hurricane. You can donate to the Red Cross here: https://www.redcross.org/donate/hurricane-harvey?campname=Harvey&campmedium=aspot.

If you prefer to make an alternate or additional donation via another agency, a good list can be found here: https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2017/8/27/16211642/hurricane-harvey-donations-charities-disaster-relief.

As Hurricane Harvey approached landfall late last week, the Trump Administration announced that it would break with traditional practice and continue Border Patrol and other immigration-enforcement efforts in Texas through the crisis. (Border Patrol checkpoints are a fact of life for undocumented immigrants in the Rio Grande Valley, which stretches up to 100 miles north of the Mexican border.) Though Border Patrol eventually did announce that its checkpoints would shut down as roads became impassable, the initial Trump policy -- a break from tradition under administrations both Republican and Democratic -- leaves undocumented immigrants uncertain whether they'll face the possibility of round-ups as the crisis continues during the coming weeks and months.

The Red Cross and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott have assured local undocumented immigrants that they will not need to show identification in order to access shelters in Harvey's immediate wake. Meanwhile, however, about 50 immigrant women and children were left stranded by ICE agents in a bus station this weekend. They were en route to meet their families and sponsors after completing interviews at family detention centers in San Antonio -- but ICE agents didn't ensure that buses would be running before they left the immigrants at the station. San Antonio city officials eventually found a church to house the immigrants for the duration of the storm. 

The need for shelter and other services is expected to continue far beyond the current flooding -- and all Texas residents, including the undocumented, should be able to feel secure as they seek such assistance.