Thursday, June 26, 2014
NDLON has released a new tool to use in the fight against deportations: A guide on how elected officials can help the lives of their constituents from being disrupted by deportations.
As many of those of us who do this work know, the support of an elected official in a deportation case could be the difference between keeping a family together and watching them be torn apart. Yet, many members of congress still refuse to support, explaining that they are wary about the ethics and legality of intervention, or that they simply do not know how they can help. This guide answers those questions, citing examples of cases we have worked on, sample congressional letters of support, and a guideline on congressional ethics.
Although this tool is directed with members of congress in mind, it was written by community organizers and immigration attorneys, and it is also meant for use by all who are fighting deportations in our communities.