NAC’s sign-on issue and weekly response of U.S. Provincials
GOOD SHEPHERD JUSTICE PRIORITIES AND NAC SIGN-ON’S ON BEHALF OF US PROVINCIALS
Prepared by Brigid Lawlor, RGS, Liaison
Week of: July 17-22, 2017
ISSUE: Protect Refugees and Stop Mass Immigration Detention & Deportation Force
General Content: To oppose massive cuts for programs that help refugees integrate and thrive, and to oppose funding the administration’s mass deportation force, for expanded immigration detention, and for border militarization.
Sent to: Members of Congress
Sponsored by: Immigration and Refugee Program, Church World Service
ISSUE: Oppose Even More 2017 Detention Funds for ICE
General Content: ICE is jailing men, women and children in historically unprecedented numbers and in conditions that are life threatening. And yet, ICE has asked congressional appropriators for a “reprogramming request,” the equivalent of a bailout that will allow for even higher detention rates for the remainder of fiscal year 2017. This request for more money to detain immigrants comes only weeks after ICE received a supplemental appropriation for 2017 that dwarfs previous years.
Sent to: Rep. Carter, Rep. Roybal-Allard, Senator Boozman, and Senator Tester
Sponsored by: Heartland Alliance
ISSUE: The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program
General Content: Right now, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is under an immediate, existential threat. In spite of President Trump’s prior statements that he would protect dreamers, he could terminate DACA in the next 60 days, turning our nation’s back on immigrant youth who are valued members of our communities. The consequences of repealing DACA would be severe and profound, as it would put the nearly 800,000 dreamers at immediate risk of deportation.
Sent to: President Trump, Members of Congress
Sponsored by: Church World Service
ISSUE: To adopt the Lowey amendment to authorize PRM.
General Content: To support the Lowey amendment to authorize the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM), Department of State (“PRM”). In June a leaked memo revealed that the administration is considering dissolving or devolving PRM into another Department or office. One option under consideration would shift PRM from the State Department (“DOS”) to the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”). The proposed shift would dramatically reframe U.S. refugee policy as a national security threat rather than a humanitarian mandate.
Sent to: Members of the House of Representatives
Sponsored by: Amnesty International USA
ISSUE: Voting Rights
General Content: Asking leadership and appropriators in the House and Senate not to fund the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity – a commission designed to advance baseless claims about voter fraud and lay the groundwork for voter suppression.
Sent to: Members of Congress
Sponsored by: Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
ISSUE: Tribal access to funds collected through the Crime Victims Fund: Commerce, Justice
and Science appropriations bill
General Content: The Crime Victims Fund accumulates fines and forfeitures paid by individuals who are convicted of violent crimes. These funds are made available to state governments but, without action in your committee, this resource is not similarly available to Native American tribal governments. We urge you to include language in the Commerce, Justice and Science appropriations bill that directs a 5 percent set-aside for the use of tribal governments to address violence against Native women.
Sent to: Senate subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science
Sponsored by: Friends Committee on National Legislation
Weeks of: July 3-14, 2017
ISSUE: Affordable Housing
General Content: To end homelessness in our communities and alleviate housing poverty.
Sent to: Members of Congress
Sponsored by: Interreligious Working Group on Domestic Human Needs
ISSUE: Adoption of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons on July 7 (in UN)
General Content: It is now vital that the principles and norms of this Treaty be widely disseminated among the world’s peoples in order to achieve its universal adoption and implementation. As people of faith we accept as our special responsibility the work of raising awareness of the risks and consequences of nuclear weapons for current and future generations, awakening public conscience to build a global popular constituency in support of the Treaty in order to achieve and sustain a world free from nuclear weapons.
Sent to: UN
Sponsored by: Washington Interfaith Committee
ISSUE: Protections for our public lands and waters and monuments.
General Content: The Trump Administration issued an executive order directing the Department of the Interior to review – and potentially eliminate or shrink – protections of some of our nation’s most pristine national monuments, ranging from the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine Monument in the Atlantic Ocean to Bears Ears in Utah and Giant Sequoia in California. This is an attack on public lands and our shared American history and heritage.
Sent to: Secretary Zinke, Department of the Interior.
Sponsored by: League of Conservation Voters
ISSUE: H.R. 2200, the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act
General Content: H.R. 2200 would reauthorize the Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA). The TVPA, the original foundational anti-trafficking legislation in the U.S., was created in 2000 and has been reauthorized four times by overwhelmingly bipartisan votes.
Sent to: House of Representatives
Sponsored by: Justice for Immigrants
ISSUE: Raid on Unaccompanied Minors from Central America
General Content: The federal government has begun a “surge initiative” targeting the parents and relatives of unaccompanied children fleeing hardship and violence in Central America. The use of unaccompanied children to ensnare parents and relatives will have far-reaching consequences for the health of children and further amplifies the fear that current enforcement practices have spread across immigrant communities. This policy will lead to the prolonged detention of children held in custody by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR).
Sent to: Homeland Security Secretary Kelly, Attorney General ess Sessions, and Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price:
Sponsored by: DC Immigration Hub