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art by Favianna Rodriguez

Art by Favianna Rodriguez

“ Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. ” – Paulo Freire, Educator

URGENT: Congress may destroy sanctuary cities

Here's the message we sent to our members. After you've read it, please add your voice.

Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress are using the tragic death of Kathryn Steinle to scapegoat and attack immigrants. Worse – some Democrats are joining in.

No human is illegal

Demand that Democrats in Congress stop attacking sanctuary cities and helping Republicans demonize immigrants.

Dear Friend,

The killing of 32-year-old Kate Steinle in San Francisco has led to a political firestorm. Politicians from both parties, led by GOP hatemonger Donald Trump, are exploiting this tragedy to scapegoat immigrants and attack "sanctuary cities," which don't allow local resources to be used to enforce broken federal immigration laws.1

Now Congressional Republicans are trying to rush through legislation that would cut federal funding to sanctuary cities, effectively destroying them. If that happens, immigrants and perceived immigrants will be criminalized and subjected to the same kind of terror endured under Arizona’s SB 1070. It will make everyone less safe by creating even more fear and mistrust of law enforcement in immigrant communities.

We’d expect this from Republicans. But now some Democrats – including Dianne Feinstein and Dick Durbin – are joining in.2 It’s a shocking betrayal that threatens to legitimize Trump and his Republican allies' anti-immigrant fearmongering. We can’t let it go unanswered.

Join us in demanding that Democrats in Congress stop helping Republicans demonize immigrants, and vote against any attempt to dismantle sanctuary cities.

Sanctuary cities are not just better for immigrants, they are better for the entire city. San Francisco, a sanctuary city, has a lower overall crime rate than similar sized non-sanctuary cities.3 Sanctuary cities build trust in law enforcement, making it possible for people in immigrant communities to call the police without fearing that it could result in deportation for them or someone they know.4 Immigrants, or those who are perceived to be immigrants, can travel the city without fear of being stopped and harassed by the police.

Make no mistake: Democrats who have supported sanctuary cities for years – and who depend on immigrant communities for support – are now turning their backs on us. And this comes in the wake of Donald Trump’s recent hate-mongering and relentless attacks on immigrants.

Trump has influenced politicians for decades. As the leader of the pack in the race for the Republican presidential nomination, his brand of hate is exerting substantial influence over the entire GOP, particularly on immigration. As each of his hateful statements results in a bump in the polls, Republican leaders are moving further to the right on immigration issues.

But Trump shouldn’t be influencing Democrats who claim to be allies of Latinos and immigrants. It’s simple: Republicans cannot move these anti-immigrant policies without Democratic support. We need to make it clear that we won’t let them get away with attacking our communities, then asking for our support when it’s time for an election.

Join us in calling out Democrats who are joining the GOP’s attack on immigrant communities, and demanding that Democrats in Congress defend sanctuary cities.

Thanks and ¡adelante!

— The Presente.org Team

P.S. Can you donate $5 to support our work? We rely on contributions from people like you to see campaigns like this through.

Sources:

1. Lawmakers eye crackdowns on 'sanctuary cities', Politico, July 21, 2015
2. See #1.
3. Actually, Sanctuary Cities Are Safer, Mother Jones, July 10, 2015
4. US: Immigrants ‘afraid to call 911’, Human Rights Watch, May 14, 2014