Badge of Honor
Earlier this week, US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement published its first Weekly Declined Detainer Outcome Report.
The report lists counties that have a "policy of noncooperation" with the federal government's detention and deportation goals.
It also includes "a list of sample crimes associated with those released individuals."The release of the report follows the Trump Administration's promise to establish a "Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement" (VOICE) office.
But really, they're not trying to scapegoat immigrants.
How to help create sanctuary
Was your city or county honored with a scarlet letter by its inclusion in the weekly report? It's not too late! Sign this petition to urge your local leadership to join good company.
Do you live in Texas? With Senate Bill 4, your leadership is trying to ban sanctuary cities. Call Gov. Greg Abbott at 512.463.2000 with your thoughts. (*Thanks Kandace Vallejo for the tip!)
Do you live in Mississippi? Samesies but a different bill number: Senate Bill 2710. You can reach Gov. Phil Bryant at 601.359.3150.
If you're in Philadelphia, connect with the New Sanctuary Movement's "Sanctuary in the Streets" program.
If you're a leader or member of a faith institution, consider becoming a sanctuary.
If you attend or work at a school, make it a sanctuary.
If you work in the restaurant industry (or eat at restaurants), join the Sanctuary Restaurants campaign.
If you employ a domestic worker (like a nanny or housecleaner), answer the Sanctuary Home call to action.
Learn about and support people currently in sanctuary, like Jeanette Vizguerra (sign a petition here or donate here).
United We Dream's #HereToStay network has even more resources here.