This is not a drill.
President Trump has ordered the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (“ICE”) to begin massive roundups of undocumented workers and their families for detention and deportation.
Currently, there are already more than 52,000 people in ICE custody, including approximately 2,000 children, who are living in inhumane and deplorable, unhygienic conditions. ICE and the Trump administration have not yielded to the public outrage over these immoral actions and plan to carry out further roundups.
Our Jewish faith teaches us to welcome the stranger, not to force them into detention and deny them basic necessities such as food, clean water, beds and medical care.
As a result of these threats, HOLA, a local Northeast Ohio non-profit which helps many of those who have been affected by the ICE raids, has had multiple reports of people not leaving their homes, forgoing medical appointments for their children, requesting groceries and basic needs be delivered, and not letting their children out to play. Their casework includes children undergoing cancer treatment and children with disabilities with frequent appointments. Each trip in the car raises the risk for these families. No matter their immigration status, people are living in fear.
We need all hands on deck. As we spend this week celebrating our independence and freedom, we need to remember that there are many in America today to whom these freedoms are denied.
Here are two important ways to make an impact:
- Contact your members of Congress today, and every day, until this terror stops. Demand condemning future raids and decreased funding to ICE or CBP. (Full script provided below).
Senator Sherrod Brown (202) 224-2315
Senator Rob Portman (202) 224-3353
Find your Representative here: https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative
You can use this script when you call:
My name is [name] and I’m a member of the National Council of Jewish Women and I live in [city/town]. Separating families is wrong, whether it happens at the border or as a result of massive raids. I demand that you condemn any and all future raids. In addition, I urge you to decrease funding to ICE or CBP (U.S. Customs and Border Protection). This spending tears families and communities apart. My Jewish values teach me to welcome the stranger, and I urge you to do the same. Thank you for your time.
[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]
- Help those currently affected by deportations by sending much needed basics. HOLA OH has created an Amazon wishlist with the families’ most needed items. By donating an item through the wishlist, you can choose HOLA’s address and it will be sent to them to disperse to those in need. It can be found here: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/24SHWBEAFW4DT?ref_=wl_share
**Once again, when you complete the call, please let us know by emailing Becky Brouman, NCJW/Cleveland’s Director of Volunteers, Community & Program Development at firstname.lastname@example.org or by leaving a note on our Facebook page: Click Here for our Facebook Page