WHY IT MATTERS
The inhumane treatment of people trying to legally enter the US is a calculated effort by the Trump administration to normalize racism and create fear.
The atrocities committed on would-be immigrants along the southern border are horrific, as more people try to escape violence, hunger and death in countries to our south. The attempted bans on entry of Muslims to the US also speaks volumes to the level of racism and intolerance within the Trump administration.
As a nation largely made up of the descendants of immigrants, and as a people dedicated to idea of equality and acceptance that transcend nationalities, these actions are inexcusable.
Why not "just come here legally"? It's almost impossible for an immigrant with no US family connections to come to the US with documentation unless they come from a smaller country with few emigrants (only 7% of total visas and green cards, including family and work visas, can come from any one national origin); even those who do have family in the US often have to wait years or decades.
Our immigration system is more than broken.
Learn more key facts about US immigration from the Pew Research Center here.
CALLS TO ACTION
Call for the Resignation of Mattie Rhodes CEO, John Fierro
"The tensions arose after longtime Mattie Rhodes CEO John Fierro called a meeting to address the violent ICE arrest of undocumented immigrant Florencio Millan on July 22. Millan’s arrest sparked widespread outrage after a live-stream video on Facebook showed an ICE agent smashing his car window and dragging him out, with Kansas City police on scene to assist. Millan was deported two days later.
"The meeting agenda and guest list emailed to those who were invited had no indication that representatives from ICE would be present."
What you can do:
Sign the petition calling for Fierro's resignation here.
Deportations Sped Up
The Trump administration announced it is expanding fast-track deportation regulations to include the removal of undocumented immigrants who cannot prove they have been in the U.S. continuously for two years or more.
People are actively being deported using this new rule.
As the Director of the American Civil Liberties Union Immigrants’ Rights Project Omar Jadwat said in a written statement, “Under this unlawful plan, immigrants who have lived here for years would be deported with less due process than people get in traffic court.”
What you can do:
Submit a comment before Sept. 23 and, as always, contact your Members of Congress
ICE Travesty in our backyard - Update
Kansas City made national news this past week when ICE agents broke a car window and pulled 32-year-old Florencio Millan-Vazquez out of his car, his young children in the back seat, all while his partner live-streamed on Facebook. Two days later, without informing either his family or lawyer, he was deported to Mexico. After Millan’s recent arrest, ICE called him an “immigration fugitive” with prior misdemeanors, however the agency declined to provide details of the alleged misdemeanor cases. Records indicate the misdemeanor offenses stemmed from two traffic stops. Read more here.
What you can do:
There is still time to donate to the Facebook fundraiser that was set up to help with legal and living expenses for the family.
AIRR is our local leading organization that provides assistance to undocumented immigrants in these circumstances; you can donate directly to AIRR here.
Complaints about KCPD involvement can go to .
July 24, 2019
ICE Activity in Kansas City
A local father was pulled from a car and detained by ICE with assistance from KCPD in Kansas City yesterday. The breadwinner of his family, he had been on his way to take his daughter to an appointment for her medical issues. There was no warrant presented at the arrest. Read more here. It is heartbreaking, infuriating, and happening right here.
What you can do:
KIDS IN CAGES
We now know that not only are children still being separated from their families and held in cages, but that they have been subjected to serious child abuse, including sexual abuse and neglect. They have been held in overcrowded facilities with inadequate food, water and toiletries. They have no diapers and can't take showers. Toddlers are being handed to older kids to take care of. This kind of severe neglect would cause children to be taken away from parents in the U.S. but Trump's administration thinks this is the way to take care of children.
IKC has been proud to partner with other progressives in staging protests at both Senator Roberts and Senator Blunt's offices, along with being a co-sponsor of Lights for Liberty. But we have only yet begun to fight.
Here's what you can do:
Contact the people who represent you in the U.S. Senate and tell them to end this horrific practice, then share your action (and their response) on IKC's twitter account @Indivisible_KC.
#CloseTheCamps #DontLookAway #JusticeForOurChildren
INFO TO USE WHEN YOU CALL/WRITE/VISIT
Here are some points to use when you take action. Please customize them to your experience and style, or you can simply speak from your heart.
Children still being separated from their families and held in cages
They have been subjected to serious child abuse, including sexual abuse and neglect
They have been held in overcrowded facilities with inadequate food, water and toiletries
They have no diapers and can't take showers.
Toddlers are being handed to older kids to take care of.
This kind of severe neglect would cause children to be taken away from parents in the U.S.
New to activisim? Not sure how to take that first step? Check out our info on how to communicate with your elected representatives, here.
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NEWS & BACKGROUND INFO
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