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Thank mayors who are standing with immigrants and refugees

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The petition to mayors taking a stand for immigrants reads:

"Thanks for your leadership in confirming that our city will continue to be a sanctuary for immigrants and refugees in the face of Trump’s hate."

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    Thank mayors who are standing with immigrants and refugees

    Donald Trump spent his first week in office targeting immigrants, refugees and Muslims and strengthening his deportation force. At CREDO, we are committed to standing shoulder-to-shoulder with every community Trump attacks, threatens and marginalizes in his regime of hate. The time for allies to step up and speak out to support the immigrant and refugee community is now.

    Your city already has policies in place that limit cooperation with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and make it more difficult for ICE to identify and deport undocumented immigrants. Last week, Trump signed an executive order to withdraw federal funding from sanctuary cities. In the face of that threat, your mayor immediately made clear, in no uncertain terms, that if Trump’s government is going to terrorize, harass and deport undocumented immigrants, then your city will take the lead in protecting them.

    Your mayor needs to know that you have their back and fully support their commitment to protecting immigrants and refugees. Can you send a thank you now?

    Tell your mayor: Thank you for being a leader in resisting Trump’s hate.

    It’s clear that Trump is doing everything he can to make his nightmare campaign promises a reality. While the focus over the weekend was on Trump’s Muslim ban, last week’s executive orders also expand his deportation force, attack undocumented immigrants and threaten sanctuary cities. Trump promised to deport 2 to 3 million undocumented immigrants in his first 100 days in office. We can’t let that happen.

    Trump's anti-immigrant executive orders are racist, unconstitutional and illegal. They include:

    • Criminalizing people who protect undocumented families. U.S. citizens who conceal, harbor or shield an undocumented immigrant could face misdemeanor charges, pay a fine and possibly serve jail time.1
    • Defunding “sanctuary cities” that refuse to aid in federal immigration enforcement efforts.2 This is an unconstitutional scare tactic meant to keep cities from standing up for immigrants and refugees.
    • Building a border wall, expanding detention facilities and adding 5,000 more Border Patrol agents to his deportation army.3 Trump’s executive order would cost American taxpayers billions of dollars and puts the lives of asylum seekers at risk in overrun detention centers where human rights abuses are rampant.
    • Arresting and detaining green card and visa holders. Before a federal judge issued a stay, federal officials had the power to bar permanent residents and people with legal visas from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States.4 The stay protects permanent residents, but people with visas, including students, will continue to be blocked from entering the country, and the Department of Homeland Security still has the power to revoke green cards in bulk.5
    • Illegally discriminating against immigrants based on their country of origin. The Immigration and Nationality Act outlaws discrimination of immigrants on the basis of national origin.6

    Cities are the first line of defense against Trump’s agenda of deportation, criminalization and hatred. We must resist Trump’s hateful regime every step of the way and stand with mayors who are bravely leading now.

    Tell your mayor: Thank you for being a leader in resisting Trump’s hate.

    Thank you for all that you do.

    References

    1. Jorge Cancino, “Helping undocumented immigrants now a crime under Trump,” Univision, Jan. 27, 2017
    2. Ilya Somin, “Why Trump’s executive order on sanctuary cities is unconstitutional,” The Washington Post, Jan. 26, 2017.
    3. Brian Bennett and Noah Bierman, “Trump orders moves on border wall and ‘sanctuary cities’ and is considering a refugee ban,” Los Angeles Times, Jan. 25, 2017.
    4. Ben Dreyfuss, “A Federal Judge Just Issued a Stay Against Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban,” Mother Jones, Jan. 28, 2017.
    5. Alexandra Jaffe, “Priebus: Immigration Order ‘Doesn’t Include’ Green Card Holders, But Anyone Traveling to Banned Countries Will Be ‘Subjected to Further Screening,'” NBC News, Jan. 29, 2017.
    6. David Bier, “Trump’s immigration ban is illegal,” The New York Times, Jan. 27, 2017.