Calls Needed for Immigrant Rights!

On Tuesday May 22 the Massachusetts state Senate will begin debating its version of the FY2019 budget and it has become a battleground between pro-immigrant and anti-immigrant forces.

Senator Jamie Eldridge is proposing a budget amendment that would add 4 key protections for immigrants in our state. But an anti-immigrant group has launched a new wave of calls and emails to intimidate legislators from voting for these protections.

RISE has worked hard over the past year to oppose the anti-immigrant wave that is sweeping our country. We ask for your help now to stand up for RISE members and other immigrants being targeted by anti-immigrant forces.

Today and tomorrow – May 21 and 22 – are crucial. Please call your Senator and also call Senate Ways & Means Chairwoman Karen Spilka TODAY or TOMORROW to urge support for Senator Eldridge’s amendment. 

Many Roslindale residents have Mike Rush as state Senator (617-722-1348). Chairwoman Spilka is at 617-722-1640 and Karen.Spilka@masenate.gov. If you don’t know who your Senator is, you can find it here. If you have friends outside of Roslindale, please urge them to call their own state senators to urge support for Senator Eldrige’s budget amendment #1147.

We need to flood Senators with phone calls today and tomorrow – and emails, too, for extra impact. We particularly need to keep up the pressure on Senate Ways & Means Chairwoman Karen Spilka.

If your Senator has already co-sponsored, please call/email to thank them and let them know they have your full support. As of Friday afternoon, the 15 co-sponsors for Senator Jamie Eldridge’s amendment #1147 to protect immigrant families included: Senators Barrett, Boncore, Brownsberger, Chang-Diaz, Creem, Crighton, Cyr, DiDomenico, Eldridge, Friedman, Hinds, Lewis, L’Italien, Jehlen and Welsh.

Two sample call scripts one email script follow.

It’s a numbers game, and we need to show our support for immigrants and in opposition to the anti-immigrant wave!

p.s. – Want to do more? The ACLU urgently needs volunteers for their phone banks on this issue this week! Sign up here; they have shifts Tuesday, May 22, 6:30-9pm and Wednesday, May 23, 11am-2pm. Both are in the ACLU’s Boston office, and yes, there will be free pizza!

SAMPLE SCRIPTS

For call to your Senator:
Hello, my name is __________ and I live in [city or town]. I am calling to urge Senator [name] to take a stand for immigrant families by supporting Senator Eldridge’s amendment #1147.

I also ask him/her to OPPOSE Sen. Fattman’s amendment #1136, which would needlessly entangle police in deportations and end the protections we won under the Lunn decision.

I expect Massachusetts to take the lead in protecting immigrant
families in our state. Anything less in the Trump era is unacceptable. Thank you for taking my call!

For call to Chairwoman Spilka:
Hello, my name is __________ and I live in [city or town]. I am calling to urge Chairwoman Spilka to take a stand for immigrant families by supporting Senator Eldridge’s amendment #1147 and OPPOSING Sen. Fattman’s amendment #1136, which would end the protections we won under the Lunn decision.

I expect Massachusetts to take the lead in protecting immigrant families in our state. Anything less in the Trump era is unacceptable. Thank you for taking my call!

For Chairwoman Spilka email:
As a Massachusetts resident, I am writing to urge you to support Senator Jamie Eldridge’s amendment #1147 to the FY 2019 budget.

At a time of unprecedented attacks on immigrants from the federal government, we urgently need to defend Massachusetts values by standing up for immigrant families. We can’t stop the federal government from targeting law-abiding, hardworking immigrants for deportation, but we can ensure that we don’t participate in actions that tear families apart.

I urge you to support Senator Jamie Eldridge’s amendment #1147, which would create crucial protections for immigrant families. I also urge you to oppose Senator Fattman’s amendment #1136, which would needlessly entangle police in deportations and set us back from the Lunn v. Commonwealth decision.

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