Now more than ever: protect undocumented immigrants
We've asked you before to take action to protect immigrants, especially those who are undocumented, but now the call is more urgent than ever. With the Trump administration's announcement today of mass deportations (don't believe them when they say these are not mass deportations!), it's time for every American to step up to protect vulnerable immigrants in our communities.
Act: six ways to protect undocumented immigrants today
- First and foremost: recognize that your privilege as an American is a huge asset, especially if you are a white American. Consequences for risk-taking are minor for you compared to what people of color might experience. Use this to your advantage.
- Share this guide from United We Dream (in Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Spanish and English) on what to do if ICE comes to your door. Post it in community centers, churches, government buildings, street corners, and schools. If someone takes it down, that's okay -- keep posting it. If you're an educator and want to talk to people in education who can help, email us for more information.
- Support organizations that protect undocumented immigrants: make a donation today to the United We Dream, The Center for Popular Democracy, Make the Road New York, or the National Day Laborer Organizing Network.
- Share information on how immigration raids are affecting innocent people: here's a video from the Center for American Progress, a story about the arrest Daniel Ramirez Medina (a Dreamer whose story has inspired the hashtag #FreeDaniel), and another story about a mother of four seeking sanctuary in a church to avoid separation from her children
- Find out whether or not your city, town, campus or place of worship provides sanctuary to undocumented immigrants, and if not, petition leaders to join the sanctuary movement. Even if you don't live in a sanctuary city, you can take action in your own neighborhood to support immigrants.
- Call everybody. This includes the White House comment line, your Congressional representatives, your governor and state representatives, and the people who represent you locally (the first link has information about most of these). Here's a call script you can use, building on 5calls.org's governor call script:
Hi, my name is [Name] and I'm a constituent from [CITY, ZIP].
I’m calling to ask what steps [elected official] is taking to protect our immigrant community from aggressive deportation tactics of the Trump administration.
[IF CLEAR STEPS ARE IDENTIFIED]: Please tell [elected official] I thank them for standing for the immigrants in our state, and expect them to continue to resist Trump’s agenda. Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.
[IF UNKNOWN OR CLEAR STEPS ARE NOT IDENTIFIED]: I urge [elected official] to take action in supporting and protecting the immigrant communities in [our state/community] We have undocumented immigrants who are productive and valued members of our community and I demand [he/she] shield them from the Trump agenda. Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.