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In the wake of El Paso and Dayton, Trump Republicans are attacking immigrants

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"The Secure and Protect Act would institutionalize Donald Trump's racism and gut humanitarian and asylum protections for immigrants and refugees. Stand up to hate and block this bill."

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    In the wake of El Paso and Dayton, Trump Republicans are attacking immigrants

    While Donald Trump attempts to use the El Paso and Dayton massacres to supercharge his anti-immigrant agenda, Republicans are breaking Senate rules to institutionalize xenophobia and hate.1

    Sen. Lindsay Graham just abused his power as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee to jam through a racist anti-asylum bill straight out of Stephen Miller's white nationalist playbook. The Secure and Protect Act would ban Central American refugees from seeking asylum at the border, permit the federal government to jail children and families indefinitely and expand the Trump regime's already well-oiled deportation machine.2

    Migration is a human right. This bill is nothing more than a racist attempt to rollback humanitarian protections for migrants and spread anti-immigrant hysteria. Add your name now to demand that Congress block this bill.

    Tell Congress: Stand up to hate. Block the Secure and Protect Act.

    Since taking office, the Trump administration has signed several anti-immigrant executive orders and directives in an effort to bypass Congress. From the Muslim ban to the repeal of DACA and TPS to expanding expedited removal throughout the country, it is clear that this administration is abusing its power to threaten the dignity and safety of immigrants. While these actions have been routinely challenged in court, the Republican-controlled Senate is launching another set of attacks to codify into law Trump's racism and xenophobia.

    Republicans are so desperate to strip away asylum and humanitarian protections for refugees that they are playing dirty. Sen. Graham just broke the rules of his own committee to jam through the Secure and Protect Act without giving Democratic members time to voice opposition or include amendments.3 Not only should members of Congress denounce the sham process that steamrolled Democrats to push through racist legislation, but they must also do everything they can to make sure this hateful bill never becomes law.

    It's appalling that Trump and his Republican lapdogs in Congress are trying to use the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton to shut down our borders and criminalize immigrants.4 Every Democrat and Republican with a conscience must do everything they can to stop this scam.

    Tell Congress: Stand up to hate. Block the Secure and Protect Act.

    Graham's hateful bill would destroy the very fabric of the country's immigration system, close our borders and fill up U.S. concentration camps. The most damaging provisions of the act include:5

    • Ban Central American refugees from applying for asylum.
    • Permit the Department of Homeland Security to detain children with their parents in family detention centers indefinitely.
    • Amend the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 to force unaccompanied children to prove they would be harmed if deported – a higher standard than what is applied to adults.
    • Limit access to due process and fair legal representation for asylum seekers.
    • Give immigration officers the power to immediately deport unaccompanied children.

    If Congress passes this bill, it will legitimize and codify Trump's racism for generations to come. We cannot let that happen. Every member of Congress must make a choice: Will they stand up to hate or enable it? Speak out now to make sure they do the right thing.

    Tell Congress: Stand up to hate. Block the Secure and Protect Act.

    References:

    1. Jake Johnson, "'Outrageous': Lindsey Graham Breaks Senate Rules to Advance Sweeping Anti-Asylum Bill," Common Dreams, Aug. 1, 2019.
    2. Human Rights First, "Graham Secure and Protect Act Would Neither Provide Security nor Protect the Vulnerable," Aug. 1, 2019.
    3. Anna Giaritelli, "Defiant Lindsey Graham rams Trump-backed asylum bill through committee before August recess," Washington Examiner, Aug. 1, 2019.
    4. Aaron Rupar, "Trump suggests El Paso and Dayton shooting response should include hardline immigration reform," Vox, Aug. 5, 2019.
    5. Human Rights First, "Graham Secure and Protect Act Would Neither Provide Security nor Protect the Vulnerable."