Metairie Indivisible Call of the Day 9/15/2019

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Today’s Actions: Join National Indivisible and Call Congress to Defund Hate AND Tell the Governor You Don’t Want Louisiana’s Prisons to Become ICE Detention Centers.

Sen. Bill Cassidy – DC OFFICE: (202) 224-5824 and METAIRIE OFFICE: (504) 838-0130
Sen. John Kennedy: DC OFFICE: (202) 224-4623 and NEW ORLEANS OFFICE (504) 581-6190
Rep. Scalise: (202) 225-3015; Rep. Richmond: (202) 225-6636
Rep. Garret Graves: (202) 225-3901

Tell Congress to Defund Hate

Under Trump, detention of individuals and families has exploded by over 50%, from 34,000 average daily population (ADP) under the Obama administration to its current level of 53,000 ADP. Congress has enabled this by increasing funding for ICE by over a billion dollars since the start of the Trump administration, which gives them additional capacity to carry out Trump’s cruel immigration policies.

Congress has two options to fund DHS by the September 30th deadline: they can either pass an appropriations bill that would set new funding levels, or they can pass a continuing resolution (CR) which would fund DHS at its FY19 levels. Regardless of which path Congress takes, we urge Members to use their power to rein in the administration’s lawless and inhumane policies at the Southern border and throughout the country, and protect immigrant children and families from abuses.


My name is [NAME] and I’m calling from [zipcode].

I’m calling to ask [MoC] to Defund Hate in this year’s budget by cutting funding for ICE and CBP in the Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill, and by getting rid of the slush fund in that bill that will allow ICE to continue terrorizing immigrant communities.

Did you know that Louisiana’s immigrant detention rates are at an all time high?  From NBC News:  The number of migrants detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the Deep South has quadrupled in the past year, alarming immigration advocates and attorneys who are struggling to keep up.

According to previously unreported ICE data the agency shared with NBC News, the number of detainees in facilities contracted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Louisiana and Mississippi surged from just over 2,000 at the end of 2017 to more than 8,000 as of July. That’s nearly four times as many as were detained in the two states in November 2017, the numbers show. Louisiana, with a population of more than 6,500, now has the largest population of ICE detainees of any single state apart from Texas.


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