Inaction is NOT an option: Tell Mass. legislators to protect immigrant families!

Since January 2017, immigrants and refugees have faced relentless hostility: Ugly, bigoted rhetoric. Attacks on family-based migration. The travel and refugee bans. A steep rise in detentions of immigrants with clean records and close family ties to the U.S. The end of DACA and of Temporary Protected Status for Haitians, Salvadorans and others.

In the face of all this, how could we stand by and do nothing?

Yet that’s just what the Massachusetts Legislature has done. With just weeks left in the 2017–18 session, they’ve taken no action whatsoever to protect immigrants in our Commonwealth.

The Safe Communities Act, backed by 95 legislative cosponsors and about 200 endorsing organizations, was sent to study. And now, as the House prepares to approve its fiscal 2019 budget, there are multiple anti-immigrant amendments on the table, but no new protections for immigrants.

This is not acceptable.

Call your Representative and Speaker Robert DeLeo right now to say: Inaction is not an option! Adopt key protections for immigrants – in the budget or through legislation – THIS YEAR!

Tell Mass. legislators: Immigrants urgently need your support!

*You'll receive a call from 617-539-7340 that will provide you guidance on what to say to your officials, and then patch you through directly to them.

Thank you for contacting your legislators! Please encourage others to act by sharing on social media. You can learn more here about key protections for immigrants, based on the Safe Communities Act. 

Thank you for joining our campaign to protect immigrant families in Massachusetts!

When you’re connected, start by introducing yourself as a constituent – or when you call the Speaker, just say you’re a Massachusetts resident and voter. If you get a voicemail, make sure to start with your address and number!

Budget season is a very busy time, so keep it short and sweet

Say you’re calling to urge the legislator to REJECT any anti-immigrant amendments to the budget, AND to pass concrete protections for immigrant families.

In particular, we need to make sure police don’t ask people about their immigration status; make sure immigrants in custody know their legal rights; and end collaboration agreements between our sheriffs and ICE.

You may be asked for the amendment number you’re calling about. Say you’re not advocating for a specific amendment – you just want to make sure these protections are passed this year, through the budget or the legislative process.

Press * to end each call and move forward.

Thanks again for standing up for immigrant families!