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We stand in agreement with the organizers of the Women’s March on Washington when they say:


“Rooted in the promise of America’s call for huddled masses yearning to breathe free, we believe in immigrant and refugee rights regardless of status or country of origin.  We believe migration is a human right and that no human being is illegal.”

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Contact us at WMKimmigrantrefugeerights@gmail.com.

Check out our May 2017 newsletter for more on this topic.

 

Immigrant & Refugee Rights

Defend DACA:

On September 5, it was announced that the White House would be phasing out DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Approximately 800,000 young people are currently qualified for the program, which protects them from deportation and gives them the right to work legally.

 

So what can we do now?

 

  1. Contact your Members of Congress. Tell them to support the DREAM Act (S.1615 / H.R.3440). Want a script or more specifics? Indivisible’s got you covered. Tell Members of Congress that they must act now to protect Washington’s 19,180 Dreamers and the 800,000 across the country. (And then tell them again the next day and the next day…)
     

  2. Make sure your DACAmented friends and family receive the help they need. A number of forums have been scheduled to answer questions and assist those who are eligible with DACA renewal. You can also make sure they receive the information in this Community Advisory issued by the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project.
     

  3. While you’re at it, follow and support organizations addressing this issue. Consider donating to these groups and follow them on social media to stay aware of events and actions to take:

  4. Sign the petition to #DefundHate. This petition calls on Senator Murray use her position on the Budget and Appropriations Committee to fight against Trump’s request for more money toward detention and deportation.
     

  5. Know what to do in the event of an ICE raid.

Ongoing Action Items:

 

  1. Contact your senators and representatives. In these uncertain times, it is important to urge your representatives to protect immigrants, Muslims and refugees. Call the congressional switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to be directed to your representatives.
     

  2. Support your neighbors. The Kitsap Immigration Assistance Center is working hard to provide services and programs to families in need, including legal assistance. Making a monetary gift is crucial to keeping the center afloat. All donations are tax-deductible. Consider making a one-time or, even better, a monthly, recurring gift by visiting http://kitsapiac.org/support-us/. If you can’t give monetarily, consider donating clothes, food or household items to help immigrant families. Contact 360-440-2376 for drop-off sites.
     

  3. Show up. While the Kitsap Immigration Assistance Center is only accepting volunteers who are fluent in English and Spanish and have a background in legal and family services (hey, if that’s you, fill out the form here: http://kitsapiac.org/volunteer), you can still show your solidarity by participating in local marches or events. Keep your eyes peeled on our Facebook page and our calendar on this website where we will continue to plan and share our events or events we will participate in.
     

  4. Stay informed.  The Kitsap Immigration Assistance Center updates their main page with major news and our Women’s March Kitsap Huddle is also updated with our latest events. If you’d like to keep on top of the resistance movement against the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, sign up for the email list at http://www.nwdcresistance.org.

Upcoming & Ongoing Events:

Solidarity at NWDC (ongoing) - Tacoma is home to the Northwest Detention Center, one of the largest in the country. Detainees have recently participated in hunger strikes to protest the center’s poor conditions and the solitary confinement of detainees. Find out about upcoming Solidarity Days and get other updates from NWDC Resistance/Resistencia al NWDC.

(You can always find more events on our calendar.)

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