IMMIGRATION

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

3/2/20

 

TESTIFY AGAINST FOR-PROFIT CHILD DETENTION CENTER IN KANSAS CITY

 

From thepitchkc.com: "VisionQuest is working with a local developer to open 'a residential shelter for unaccompanied alien children' at the site of the former Kindred Hospital ... The city of Philadelphia ended its contract with the company after years of incidents where staff hit and choked children, belittled and cursed at them. These are not isolated incidents or even the worst: in the two decades, after the company was founded in 1973, 15 children died while in their custody.

The proposal is on the docket for the next City Planning Commission meeting on Tuesday, March 17 at 9 am. The Board of Zoning Adjustment is scheduled to hear it on Tuesday, April 14 at 1 pm. "

 

Testimony against the facility is being organized by Advocates for Immigrant Rights and Reconciliation (AIRR). Sign their petition here.

12/5/19

MIGRANT CHILDREN’S MEDICATION CONFISCATED AT THE BORDER

Doctors in Long Island reported two cases of migrant children who ended up in the Intensive Care Unit because their medication was confiscated at the border. 

This cruelty must stop. This is just one more reason that Congress must Defund ICE in the next round of budget appropriations

 

Here's what you can do: 

 

  •  Call your Member of Congress that this cruelty must stop, and that we expect Congress to defund ICE in the next round of budget appropriations. 

 

#CloseTheCamps #DontLookAway #JusticeForOurChildren

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.

BILLS WE ARE WATCHING

Click through to read more about bills, their status, full text, sponsors and how specific elected representatives voted. (Best viewed on a larger screen.)  

Colors bars to the left of bills indicate IKC support (green) or opposition (red). 

We will be ranking more pieces of proposed legislation in the 2020 session.  If you'd like to help us sort through the bills introduced about immigration, go to our volunteer form, here.

**Data supplied by Bill Track 50**

 

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