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SECRETARY OF DEFENSE MATTIS: NO U.S. TROOPS AT THE BORDER

As our readers know, there is a caravan of refugees walking to the United States. Right now they are at least 800 miles away from our U.S. border. Yet, President Trump has ordered federal troops to our southern border to help guard against these people from entering the U.S. It will probably take close to two months for these refugees to walk here!

SISTERS ONLINE believes that these refugees are coming to exercise their right under U.S. law to petition for asylum. Yet we are going to turn them away. Furthermore, we're paying troops to be at our southern border two months before the refugees arrive.

Please write to Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, and tell him not to deploy troops to the border. We can't find a phone number for him, but we found his address. Write to Defense Secretary James Mattis at:

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis
1000 Defense Pentagon
Washington, DC 20301-1000

We must evaluate their asylum claims. Militarizing the borders will do nothing to keep our country safe. It will only terrorize vulnerable migrant families.

Thank you for your action.

 

KEEP THE FLORES SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT

Close to 13,000 children woke up in immigration detention this morning in our country. SISTERS ONLINE abhors this statistic, but we have a chance to do something about it. We have a chance until November 6 to speak out against ending the Flores Settlement Agreement (FSA).

This agreement sets standards regarding the care and release of immigrant children in custody. Provisions in the agreement include that children must be held in the "least restrictive" environment possible and that children should not be held for longer than 20 days. The Trump Administration wants to overturn this.

Doing so would result in indefinite detention of children and we know that detention has very negative effects on them. Ending the Flores Settlement would also eliminate requirements for facilities where children are held. It removes licensing and inspecting of facilities by anyone other than ICE.

Here are some talking points that you can modify to customize the comment you wish to submit:

--The proposed rule is inconsistent with my values of welcoming immigrants, promoting family unity, and protecting the vulnerable.

--Please maintain existing protections for unaccompanied and accompanied immigrant children in federal government custody.

--The proposed rule fails to adequately implement the Flores Agreement and will lead to increased family detention.

--Holding children and families in detention has proven to have long-term negative consequences on their health and wellbeing.

--Even short periods of family detention can lead to psychological trauma and lasting mental health risks.

--Expanding family detention will not deter families from seeking safety and security in the U.S. Such a policy will not cure the pervasive root causes of migration existing in Central America.

--Alternatives to detention offer more humane, proven, and cost-effective solutions.

--The terms of the FSA require state licensing of family detention facilities; state licensing offers more rigorous standards for the protection of children than the proposed federal scheme and should remain in place.

--I am concerned not only with the proposed licensing scheme, but also with other changes to the FSA proposed by the rule, such as the greatly expanded "emergency" exception, which would allow the Dept. of Homeland Security to excuse noncompliance with various protections set forth in the FSA.

--The government entered the FSA voluntarily, and the Dept. of Homeland Security should not be able to single handedly alter the terms via rulemaking.

Please click on the following link and take action. Comments are being taken until November 6. Please say that you strongly oppose ending the Flores Settlement Agreement by our federal government.

https://www.fwd.us/action/stop-family-detention-comment/

BETSY DEVOS WANTS TO ARM TEACHERS

Seriously . . . Betsy DeVos wants more guns in schools. DeVos wants to use Student Support and Academic Enrichment grants (that should be used for special needs students, new technology, and assisting underperforming students and schools) fo purchase guns so that teachers can arm themselves in their classrooms. If you disagree, now is the time to contact her and tell her why! . . . and YES even if you have contacted her before on this issue.

How much money is she getting from gun lobby and the NRA? Many people don't know the answer. In any case, we don't want to turn our schools into some big markets for guns. Use the grants for the intended uses.

Information for Betsy DeVos:

Secretary Betsy Devos
U.S. Dept. of Education
400 Maryland Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20202

1-800-872-5327

 

REFUGEES ALLOWED INTO THE UNITED STATES

By the end of September, 2018, President Trump will meet with Congress and decide how many refugees will be admitted into the United States in 2019. Here is how many refugees past Presidents have let into the United States (after the Refugee Act of 1980):

President Ronald Reagan: 140,000 refugees
President George H. W. Bush: 142,000 refugees
President Bill Clinton: 121,000 refugees
President George W. Bush: 80,000 refugees
President Barack Obama: 110,000 refugees
President Donald Trump: has said he will let 45,000 refugees into the United States.

Last year, President Trump set the lowest refugee admission in the history of the refugee resettlement program. Most likely, less than half of this number will actually be resettled this year. The critical decision is made by the end of each government fiscal year (October to September) for refugee admissions in the next fiscal year (2019).

Please ask your elected officials in Washington to allow at least 75,000 refugees to rebuild their lives in the United States next year. In advance of their consultations hearing with the administration, call the House and Senate Judiciary Committee leadership today. Tell them:

--Anything less than 75,000 would be to turning our backs on humanitarian tradition and global leadership.

--The future of America as a beacon of hope is on the line

--This is a matter of national security and moral integrity

--Refuggees contribute to our communities and we must continue to welcome them.

The Syrian civil war alone has driven 13.5 million people from their homes since 2011. In Myanmar last year, deadly violence forced 671,000 Rohingya to flee to Bangladesh. And in other conflict zones around the world, including Yeman, South Sudan and Central America, families are fleeing for their lives every single day.

Thanks for taking action on this issue.

BRING DARK MONEY OUT INTO THE OPEN--PASS THE DISCLOSE ACT

We all know about Super PACs and secret money groups in elections, etc. But did you know how much was spent in the 2016 elections? $1.4 billion. It was spent on misleading information, attack ads, and tricks to prevent people from voting. Corporations poured money into the election to sell themselves--all by remaining anonymous.

The DISCLOSE Act would require dark money political groups to disclose their top donors, and ads run by those groups would have to include the real names of their funders.

Please contact your elected officials in Washington and strongly urge them to pass the DISCLOSE Act. We want open, fair elections.

Thanks so much for getting involved in this important issue.