Action needed against HR 6080

Michelle Melcher Knight | August 11, 2010 Print

Tell the Senate to vote AGAINST HR 6080, the Emergency Border Security Supplemental Appropriations Act!  We need you to CALL TODAY!

BACKGROUND

HR 6080 gives the Obama administration $600 million to beef up security along the southwest border including $176 million to hire an additional 1,500 border patrol agents, $80 million for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and $196 million for the Justice Department.  It will also fund the costs of 2 UADs (unmanned aerial drones) and millions of dollars in communications equipment to help detect undocumented immigrants.

Despite what fear-mongering politicians claim, crime along the border is down. There are no beheadings.  Kidnappings are not on the rise. A $600 million dollar “solution” to a problem invented by media is $600 million dollars WASTED.

The bill passed in the Senate on July 27, hours before the Senate adjourned for its summer recess.  The House of Representatives reconvened after leaving for their recess and passed the emergency appropriations act with a voice vote on August 10.  Due to a revenue raising measure (increasing fees for visas) added in the House, the Senate must now approve the amended bill.

ACTION REQUESTED

It is expected that the Senate will be voting on this bill TOMORROW, THURSDAY AUGUST 12.  Please, make a phone call or write and fax a letter to your Senator and ask him/her to vote against the Emergency Border Security Supplemental Appropriations Act.

For contact information for the senate, access: www.senate.gov.

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WHEN YOU CALL – SAMPLE SCRIPT

Ask for the Immigration Staffer.

“I am calling to urge Senator ________ to vote against the Emergency Border Security Supplemental Appropriations Act.  Our country does not need to spend more money on useless border security.

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WRITING YOUR LETTER

Here is a sample letter you can borrow or use:

Dear Senator ,

I am writing to ask you to vote against the Emergency Border Security Supplemental Appropriations Act.

Securing our borders should be a national priority, but it should be a part of a comprehensive immigration reform plan.   Addressing border security without addressing the other integral aspects of our current immigration policies is an ineffective and expensive method of combating unauthorized migration.  A focus solely on security will increase migrant deaths in the desert, negatively impact the environment, and waste tax dollars that could be better spent.  Harmful and ineffective measures perpetuate the cycle of rhetoric rather than true reform.

A more comprehensive approach towards immigration in our nation is an essential step towards creating a more just world that promotes human dignity for all.  It is important not to perpetuate unnecessary spending on border security that is not a part of a comprehensive plan.  Therefore, we hope that you vote against the Emergency Border Security Supplemental Appropriations Act.

Sincerely,

xx

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Please let us know if you have any questions!

Michelle Melcher Knight, MSW

Advocacy/Outreach Associate

301-565-4547

mmknight@columban.org

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