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5 ways to take action against family separation

News & Commentary  |  By Kathryn Johnson, Apr 17, 2019

Defund Hate action in Washington, D.C.

Photo: Faith in Action / Sierra Snyder

As the Trump administration ramps up its attacks on immigrant families and communities, people across the country are continuing to push back. 

Here are five things you can do today to speak out against the Trump administration's inhumane immigration policies and call on our elected to defund hate: 

1. Tell Congress to stop ICE and CBP! 

It’s important to remember that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have a long history of separating families and terrorizing people fleeing poverty and violence — and it’s time to put an end to the cruelty and dehumanization of immigrants by these agencies. 

Our elected officials need to hear from you today! Email your senators and representative, and tell them to cut funding to ICE and CBP to #DefundHate. 

2. Call your senators and representative.

Phone calls are an effective way to get the attention of your elected officials. Use our online tool to call your members of Congress and tell them that our taxes should be used for the good of our communities, not on agencies and policies that terrorize communities and drive migrants to their deaths.

3. Urge your friends to take action on social media.

Share our "Defund Hate" video on Facebook or Twitter, and encourage your family and friends to speak out in this critical moment. 

4. Download and use our "Keep loved ones together" signs for protests and actions.

Join actions in your city to show strong support for stopping ICE and Border Patrol. Use these signs to broadcast a message to elected officials, the media, and your community.  

5. Support AFSC's work for immigrant rights.

In cities across the U.S., AFSC provides legal services to immigrants facing detention and deportation; offers know-your-rights trainings to community members; works with communities to document abuses by ICE and Border Patrol agents; and supports immigrants in organizing for policies that welcome and respect all people. Please help us continue this vital work by donating today.

About the Author

Kathryn Johnson is the Policy Advocacy Coordinator with AFSC's Office for Public Policy and Advocacy. Before joining AFSC, she was a Field Organizer for Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch where she educated and mobilized constituents against the Trans Pacific Partnership. Previously, she served as Assistant Director of the Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA, supporting human rights defenders, educating the international community, and coordinating a network of activists to demand responsible US policies.

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