No on HR 3697 Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act, Yes on DREAM Act

Take 5 minutes TODAY and make a difference.

Today the House of Representatives has a hearing on HR 3697, the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act. This is not a bill we want made law.

The bill criminalizes entry without inspection as gang activity and obstruction, and detains people who have temporary protected status.

The bill explicitly makes alleged gang members statutorily ineligible for an array of statuses, including one meant to protect abused kids.

This bill is retroactive in nature. If you’re a former gang member who already has one of the statuses the bill makes you ineligible for, that status could be revoked if this act is made law.

Want more bad news about this bill? Here’s the word from an immigration lawyer:

As a child/youth attorney, I know that basically all teenage boys from Central America are being profiled as gang members. Operation Matador on Long Island, for example, is rearresting kids for suspicion of being gang members. What makes them suspect you’re a gang member? Having a tattoo. Wearing Chicago Bulls gear. Posing with your fingers up on Facebook like any idiot teenager. Wearing soccer shorts. Basically, being from Central America.

It also makes anyone “associated” with the gangs inadmissible to the US. This broad association standard is something we see now with terrorist groups – as a result of the breadth of the inadmissibility, you see stuff like doctors being denied refugee status in the US because they consider being forced to give ISIS medical care at gunpoint to be “material support of a terrorist group.” Sometimes, even just retweeting a terrorist is enough to trigger that inadmissibility. This bill tomorrow is basically a formal attempt to do this to MS-13 and M-18 gangs.

This bill is mean and could cost many people their lives. The same lawyer points out that many immigrant teenagers come to the United States to flee the gang violence. These same children could potentially lose their immigration case due to gang profiling (for simply wearing a Michael Jordan jersey) and then get deported to where they could face criminal consequences for the gang classification they got in the United States. They would end up in jail with the very criminal gangs they tried to escape by coming here.

Let’s save some lives today. Contact Congress right now. They’re talking about the bill at 5:00PM.

While you’re there, ask Congress to vote for HR 3440, the DREAM Act of 2017.

STEP ONE:

Use the links below to find contact information for your representative and two senators.

STEP TWO:

Use the phone script or form email below to contact your officials. Feel free to modify the message as you see fit. As a tip a PHONE CALL IS MORE LIKELY TO GET YOUR VOICE HEARD AND COUNTED THAN AN EMAIL, but an email is better than nothing!

PHONE CALL SCRIPT:

Hello, my name is [YOUR NAME] and I’m calling the office of [NAME OF SENATOR/REPRESENTATIVE] because I am a constituent. I live at [ADDRESS, CITY, and STATE] and my phone number is [PHONE NUMBER].

Today, I’m calling to share my views on immigration. I’m asking to [SENATOR/REPRESENTATIVE] to vote against HR 3697 the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act. This bill unfairly categorizes many immigrants as gang members and will cost people who are a danger to no one their lives. It is a cruel piece of legislation. Please fight against it.

I’m also calling to ask you to vote for HR 3440, the DREAM Act. 800,000 immigrants who call America home, who pay taxes and have jobs, who contribute to our society in a meaningful, amazing way, who live here legally, and who are human beings and deserve to be treated as such, are counting on this legislation being passed. Please fight for this bill.

Finally, I’m asking you to pursue full-on immigration reform in the United States. Our current system is archaic and unfair to immigrants. Please work with other lawmakers to find solutions that welcome amazing new people full of ideas, integrity, and diversity into our country. Please make the United States a welcoming nation that is safe and secure for those living in dangerous areas. We call ourselves the land of opportunity. It’s time we start acting like it.

I am part of a growing body of concerned, voting citizens, and we are paying attention.

Thank you for your time.

 

FORM EMAIL:

Dear [NAME OF REPRESENTATIVE],

My name is [YOUR NAME] and I’m writing to you because I am one of your constituents.

Please vote AGAINST HR 3697 the Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act. This bill unfairly categorizes many immigrants as gang members and will cost people who are a danger to no one their lives. It is a cruel piece of legislation. Please fight against it.

Please vote FOR HR 3440, the DREAM Act. 800,000 immigrants who call America home, who pay taxes and have jobs, who contribute to our society in a meaningful, amazing way, who live here legally, and who are human beings and deserve to be treated as such, are counting on this legislation being passed. Please fight for this bill.

Finally, I’m asking you to pursue full-on immigration reform in the United States. Our current system is archaic and unfair to immigrants. Please work with other lawmakers to find solutions that welcome amazing new people full of ideas, integrity, and diversity into our country. Please make the United States a welcoming nation that is safe and secure for those living in dangerous areas. We call ourselves the land of opportunity. It’s time we start acting like it.

I am part of a growing body of concerned, voting citizens, and we are paying attention.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

[YOUR NAME]

[YOUR ADDRESS]

[YOUR CITY, YOUR STATE, ZIP CODE]

[YOUR EMAIL]

STEP THREE:

Share this message with your friends. The more who call, the better our chances of moving America forward.

To get weekly scripts and emails, join the Contact Congress group on Facebook.

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