Letter from New York: Chuck Schumer and America’s Fight to #KeepFamiliesTogether
June 21, 2018
Dear Senator Schumer:
The Trump administration is not committed to ending family separation. Instead of locking up families separately, they seek to expand and consolidate indefinite detainment of families, creating a system of mass incarceration for asylum seekers. This administration also wants to break the courts by finding a federal judge that will support their policies.
A solution is more than the President’s responsibility. You are the leader of the opposition party in the Senate, and it’s up to you to:
- Prevent moderate Democrats from going along with the next wave of harmful immigration bills that expand detention through a zero-tolerance policy or provide funding for a border wall;
- Join the national movement to abolish ICE, which is an undemocratic, extrajudicial deportation force that is terrorizing New Yorkers. It needs to be taken apart and investigated;
- Block spending bills that do not reduce funding for ICE and CBP, and grind Senate business to a halt if necessary to do so;
- Pursue a policy and a plan to reunite the over 2000 minors that have been abducted from their parents, especially those in New York.
Empire State Indivisible uses the tactics of the Indivisible Guide to defend New York against the Trump administration, and those in our state government that enable its harmful policies. Our steadfast nature, together with our enterprising New York spirit, make our grassroots group one-of-a-kind.