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RESPECTING OTHERS

 

PASS HR 2200--THE TRAFFICKING VICTIMS PROTECTION ACT

Please call your Representative in Washington and urge him/her to vote for HR 2200, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.

The entire name of HR 2200 is the Frederick Douglass Traffickining Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2017. HR 2200 would reauthorize the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) of 2000. TVPA has been reauthorized four times by overwhelmingly bipartisan votes.

Supporting HR 2200 is an important step the U.S. can take to continue our nation's efforts to stop human trafficking and aid trafficking victims. It ensures critical funding for both domestic and international anti-trafficking programs. Reauthorizing it would allow programs and services that recognize the importance of dignified care for trafficking victims to continue assisting victims.

Please strongly urge your U.S. Representative to pass HR 2200 to protect victims. You can use the following message:

Dear Representative:

I urge you to support HR 2200. I firmly believe in the dignity of the human person and this belief calls on me to protect the vulnerable, including victims of human trafficking. HR 2200 is important, as it reauthorizes the TVPA, providing service provisions that will help victims. Supporting HR 2200 will ensure that our nation's efforts to eradicate human trafficking and assist human trafficking victims continues into the future. I thank Congress for its long-standing commitment to confront modern-day slavery. I stand ready to support victims and appreciate your work to eradicate human trafficking. Thank you.

 

FARM WORKERS NEED A NEW IMMIGRATION BILL

The immigration problem in agriculture is critical because our food supply relies on these hard working people. According to the University of California, 70% of all the farm workers in the U.S. are undocumented. President Trump's immigration policy has these people scared and has disrupted our agriculture production.

In May, 2017, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced the Agricultural Worker Program Act (AWPA) together with four original co-sponsors. Later in May, Rep. Luis Gutierrez introduced this bill into the House of Representatives with thirty original co-sponsors.

The AWPA will protect farm workers from being deported and can put them on a path to legalization and citizenship if they are consistently employed in agriculture and also meet other criteria. The AWPA will help farm workers to become citizens and stabilize our agricultural work force.

Please contact your two Senators and your federal Representative and urge them to support the Agricultural Worker Program Act of 2017.

Thanks for getting involved!

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37.6%--Percentage increase in arrests by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) of individuals it says were "either known or suspected of being in the country illegally" in the first 100 days of the Trump Administration, compared with the same period last year.