This call-in is backed by UIDN, Woodstock Immigrant Support, and the groups whose logos are shown here. Click on the logos to visit each group’s website.
On February 27, Democrats in the House of Representatives passed legislation requiring background checks on ALL firearm sales in the country. Currently, only licensed gun dealers must perform background checks for anyone seeking to purchase a firearm. The measure passed 240-190 and has been sent to the Senate.
In an effort to derail or water down the vote, Republicans introduced several amendments. Unfortunately our District 19 representative, Antonio Delgado, voted for one of the most pernicious of these requiring gun sellers to notify Immigration and Customs Enforcement if an “illegal immigrant” attempts to buy a firearm. The motion targeted more people for deportation and pandered to bigotry and xenophobia.
Given that ICE regularly targets, entraps, and lures undocumented immigrants into custody, Congressman Delgado’s vote is disturbing. It also suggests a lack of understanding of immigration issues important to many of the constituents who supported him.
In addition, any push to deport undocumented immigrants threatens farm workers and the Hudson Valley’s agricultural economic infrastructure.
Please call Rep. Antonio Delgado’s Washington office (202-225-5614) on Monday, March 11. Here is a sample script:
My name is _____, and I live in (your city, town, or county). I am one of thousands in District 19 who support immigrant rights. I am (disappointed, angry, etc.) at Rep. Delgado’s Feb. 27 vote on the Republican Motion to Recommit, which targeted immigrants. I know the congressman wants to support our most vulnerable community members.
I want to know that Rep. Delgado will stand up for immigrants, and not contribute to their demonization. Here are some ways he can demonstrate his support. Can you tell me whether he is willing to take any of these steps? (Pause after each item and then ask whether you can count on support.)
- Co-sponsor H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act of 2019, to protect Dreamers and those with Temporary Protected Status. (Scheduled to be introduced tomorrow, March 12.)
- Co-sponsor the Agricultural Worker Program Act of 2019, H.R. 641. (Introduced in January.)
- Hold the Dept. of Homeland Security accountable for immigration abuses.
- Cut funding for immigration enforcement.
(If the person you speak with can’t or won’t commit to one or more of these items. Try asking questions like these.) What additional information do you need about these initiatives? Whom in your office might we contact with more details? When and where is Rep. Delgado’s next town hall meeting near my community?