Saturday, March 11, 2017

!ACTNOW!
from the
a4a Immigration Action Group

Call Members of Congress: McSally, Flake and McCain.  Ask them to

WITHHOLD FUNDING for the BORDER WALL, FOR NEW DETENTION FACILITIES, and FOR MORE ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL.

On its own, the Executive Branch can carry out much of what’s covered in Trump’s January 25th executive orders such as constructing a wall, increasing the number of BP agents, and tripling the number of ICE officers carrying out deportations.  But, Trump needs more money from Congress to carry out the orders in full.  CONGRESS NEEDS TO ACT!

Below are Tucson phone numbers of our MoCs.
McSally: 520-881-3588
Flake:     520-575-8633
McCain: 520-670-6334

The full list of MoC phone numbers can be found on our website, alliance4action.org. 
Or, IF your MoCs are up north, please call their offices.

Try to talk with someone at one of the offices or fax the message: http://www.alliance4action.org/p/blog-page.html


Facts to Support Withholding Funds for Phone Calls and Letters to the Editor

Trump’s wall could cost from $27-$40 billion. This money could better be used for border technology and for schools, healthcare, job training, roads and bridges.
“Bad Math Props Up Trump’s Border Wall,” Konstantin Kakaes, MIT Technology Review, 1/18/16.

Tunnels, drones, catapults, and ladders can make walls ineffective.
As Donald Trump Calls for Wall on Mexican Border, Smugglers Dig Tunnels,” Ron Nixon, New York Times, 9/2/16.

In the past 10 years, the number of Border Patrol agents has grown from 12,000 to 20,000, and the Customs and Border Patrol budget has doubled to $13.6 billion a year.
Department of Homeland Security Budgets 2006 & 2016.  www.dhs.gov.

Less costly and more humane controls on migrants who await their hearings should be expanded rather than building new detention facilities. Today’s 34,000 detention beds cost U.S. taxpayers $5.5 million a day.
“Alternatives to Detention,” Detention Watch Network, www.detentionwatchnetwork.org

 “The Immigration Facts Donald Trump Doesn’t Like,” Editorial Board, New York Times, 2/25/17.


Calendar Reminder

Wed, March 15th -- Ides of Trump Postcard Party. 12:30-2:00 pm, BMO Harris Bank.  Postcards, shamrock cookies and lemonade provided!

I BELIEVE I CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

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