Raise Your Voice Against Mass Detention & Deportation
The message below went out on Wednesday, June 20, 2012 to Standing on the Side of Love supporters. You can sign-up for these emails here.
“You who are so-called illegal aliens must know that no human being is illegal. That is a contradiction in terms. Human beings can be beautiful or more beautiful, they can be fat or skinny, they can be right or wrong, but illegal? How can a human being be illegal?”
Thousands of us have arrived in Phoenix. There are Standing on the Side of Love T-shirts everywhere, worn by people with smiles on their faces. For people of faith, there is a feeling in the air that convening as we are at this very moment in time may be more than simply fortuitous. Within days, the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on the constitutionality of SB1070. Pres. Obama’s announcement last week—that some unauthorized immigrants who came into the country before they were 16 will no longer be deported—has reignited a national debate about immigration. Polls are showing broad support for the President’s directive. Republicans are scrambling to respond. This is an auspicious time for us to elevate how the country speaks about immigration, and to influence the policies and laws that are created!
I know there are thousands of you who cannot be here in Phoenix, and yet are here in spirit. Whether you are in Arizona or Maine or Alaska or Colorado, there is something you can all do today and tomorrow to help us capitalize on the energy of this moment:
Contact the White House and urge an end to the destructive ‘Secure Communities’ Program that tears families apart.
Click here for simple directions and talking points.
The White House deserves thanks for taking a step in the right direction. We must also keep up the pressure and let the White House know that the entire Secure Communities mass detention and deportation program is strongly opposed by many people in our country. Every day, parents and children are separated from one another. Every day, migrants who are detained experience egregious human rights violations. And laws like SB1070 and its ilk are terrible public policy that harm local economies, make communities less safe, and invariably lead to racial profiling no matter what the intentions. Hard-working immigrants need to be free to come out of the shadows, and be free from profiling, deportation, and detention.
Let us lift our voices as one against the Secure Communities program system of mass detention and deportation. Wherever you are, pause for just one minute, call the White House, and urge an end to the destructive ‘Secure Communities’ Program.
Click here for simple directions and talking points. Let’s flood the White House with messages of love and justice!
For the estimated 800,000 young people who may be affected by Pres. Obama’s directive, there have been tears and cheers. This change never would have happened were it not for the many brave DREAMers who put their bodies on the line—as well as people just like you, who have passionately advocated for the DREAM Act. Together, we can spur policy change—this is a reality unfurling before our very eyes. Standing on the side of love, we can change heart and minds. If we remain steadfast, we will bring about the sort of dramatic, systemic change necessary to overhaul our nation’s broken system of detention and deportation.