Weekly Resistance: Take Action on Immigration, Political Appointees and More!

Welcome back from the Fourth of July holiday! Former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt – aka ”Pollutin’ Pruitt” — dropped a welcome bombshell on us last week when he resigned, but now the president has some swampy shoes to fill. And that’s not the only thing afoot in Washington: A Supreme Court nomination is at stake, refugee children are still being separated from their parents and the Farm Bill  is headed for conference committee.

If you’re struggling to figure out how to take action, I’ve got you covered with five suggestions to spread out over the course of your week.

You can find information on how to contact your officials at all levels of government here. As always, if you haven’t had a chance yet, sign up for our newsletter and stay up-to-date on the latest!

1. Fight for a Qualified Supreme Court Nominee

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s resignation has opened up an opportunity for Donald Trump to nominate a justice who will likely be conservative, and one who could be the deciding vote in jurisprudence that could change the future of the nation, like a potential Roe v. Wade repeal. Brett Kavanaugh, his ultimate choice, checks all those boxes.

Know:

  • Many on the left are furious that Senator Mitch McConnell  held up confirmation hearings for President Barack Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, and they say turnabout is fair play: We should hold up confirmation hearings until after the election. However, McConnell has made it clear that he intends to rush hearings through, and Trump is legally entitled to nominate a justice.
  • But Kavanaugh will need to go through Senate hearings, and senators are required to carefully weigh the nominee’s experience, record and responses to questions when deciding whether they will be fit to serve. Some Republican senators could play an outsized role in the process if they flip to vote with the Democrats.
  • Kavanaugh would likely vote to overturn Roe v. Wadebut don’t forget that this isn’t the only issue facing the court in coming years: Cases involving LGBQT rights, voting rights, racism, larger reproductive health issues and more are likely to be heard, and a hostile court court could unwind key civil rights victories.

Act: Call your senators and tell them you expect to see detailed, thorough and thoughtful confirmation hearings. The Senate should take its time evaluating Trump’s nominee, and your senators shouldn’t vote to confirm someone who is not qualified. If your senators are Republican and you fear that they’re likely to side with the White House, stress that the future of the court has tremendous bearing on American society and culture.

2. Don’t Let Andrew Wheeler’s Acting EPA Administrator Gig Turn Into an Official One

Scott Pruitt is out at the EPA, but that means someone else has to be in — and right now, coal-loving Andrew Wheeler has taken the helm as acting administrator.

Know:

  • Pruitt’s time at the agency was scandal-plagued and corruption-ridden.
  • Wheeler also hates environmental regulations, and he has opposed the agency before in his role as a lobbyist for big coal. Did we mention that he’s very into coal?
  • Pruitt’s replacement will need to be formally nominated by Trump, and that person is subject to confirmation hearings. Whether it’s Wheeler or someone else, the Senate will get their chance to grill them.

Act: We do want to mention, again, that Wheeler is super-duper into coal, and he’s also not very qualified for this role. Contact your senators to ask them to conduct aggressive hearings for the new EPA administrator. There’s a lot at stake for the future of the environment in America, and someone focused on unwinding regulatory protections could be bad news for the future.

3. Demand Family Reunification

Immigrant children are still separated from their families — and, in some cases, the government says it may be hard to reunite them.

Know:

  • The government has announced that it will be using genetic testing as a tool to reunite people, even though critics are very concerned about how this technology might be abused.
  • Some of these children are appearing in court without legal representation – and despite their age, language skills and lack of understanding about immigration proceedings.
  • Congress has oversight — and makes the calls on funding — for agencies like Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and therefore has the right to hold them accountable for their actions and inspect conditions in their facilities.

Act: Call your representative and senators to ask them what they’re doing to see conditions at ICE facilities for themselves, call ICE leadership to account and get children back with their families. And, no, we don’t mean reunited in immigration detention, but reunited and free to go about their lives. It’s entirely legal to freely live in the United States while processing an asylum application.

4. No Takebacks: Don’t Let Trump Strip People of Their Citizenship

The Trump administration is threatening to revoke naturalized citizenship for people who followed all legal requirements to obtain citizenship rights, and officials are quietly booting immigrants out of the military to avoid vesting them with citizenship in exchange for their service.

Know:

  • It can take as little as six months — but, more realistically, years — to become a naturalized citizen. The process is expensive and exacting: If you don’t fill out paperwork exactly right, do things in the proper order and meet onerous requirements, your application will be denied.
  • The Trump administration wants to set up a task force to analyze citizenship applications and denaturalize people who falsified information, but the level of falsification needed to trigger this event is unclear — and the racism endemic in the administration means some people will be scrutinized more than others. Is messing up a past address or accidentally garbling someone’s birth date grounds for denaturalization?
  • Immigrants who serve in the military are offered an opportunity for citizenship as part of the thanks of a grateful nation, but if you think going into the military is an easy shortcut to citizenship, think again: It requires years of exemplary service, a whole lot of paperwork and tremendous discipline.

Act: Contact your elected officials. Regardless of party, they should support people who are following the procedures established by the government to pursue citizenship — and, in the case of servicemembers, those who are putting their lives at risk to defend a country that’s not even their first home. These developments are also cause for deeper concern: Naturalized citizens already effectively swear a loyalty oath to the United States, but what kinds of other barriers could the government put in place to deny people access to citizenship? What other causes might the government develop to strip people of hard-earned citizenship that reflects years of emotional, personal and fiscal investment in the United States?

5. Get Work Requirements Out of the Farm Bill

If you’re tired of hearing about the Farm Bill, you’re not the only one, but the fight isn’t over.

Know:

  • The House and the Senate both passed versions of the Farm Bill — but they’re different, so they’re headed for conference committee to develop a version amenable to both houses.
  • Among the differences: Harsh work requirements for SNAP recipients from the House; retaining funding for conservation from the Senate; differing views on subsidies; and clauses that could imperil animal welfare in the House version.
  • This bill doesn’t just affect American agriculture, which already is a pretty big deal. It will ripple out through employment, food prices and even protections for domestic violence survivors.

Act: Contact your representative and senators to let them know about your concerns and priorities with the Farm Bill. The conference committee will include members of the House and Senate Committees on Agriculture, along with people from other key committees, like Foreign Relations, so it’s possible someone who represents you will be playing a direct role in shaping the legislative compromise.

Take Action:

While contacting your representatives is the most effective way to make your voice heard, you can join like-minded Care2 activists in voicing your opinion on issues that matter. A groundswell of voices on a petition can help you sway public opinion and push others to join you in a way that making a call or sending an email can’t!

Creating a Care2 petition is easy. If you have an issue you care deeply about, why not start your own petition? Here are some guidelines to help you get started and soon the Care2 community will be signing up to support you.

 

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40 comments

Anette S
Anette S3 months ago

I can't stop wondering how it can be that this man has become the POS and why he still hasn't been removed from office because of his perpetually visible mental drop outs.

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Richard B
Richard B3 months ago

Thanks for sharing

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Anna R
Past Member 4 months ago

thank you

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David F
David F4 months ago

Susanne R, Paul B is correct, an open mind is a free mind and open heart, try watching just one nightly broadcast from Sean Hannity, take careful notes, then report back to us any mistakes you think he made.

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Kelsey S
Kelsey S4 months ago

Signed

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Paul B
Paul B4 months ago

Susanne... Rush is almost always spot on with his analysis. Alex Jones? Few suffer that fool, nor do I. As for FOX, it would behoove you to watch or listen occasionally as it would broaden your perspective on reality.
Let me pose a question. If you were a judge and you only allowed the prosecution to present its case in court, how many cases do you think the defendant would win? When you only hear one side of ANYTHING, you rarely if ever get the whole story.

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Chrissie R
Chrissie R4 months ago

Thanks for posting.

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Lisa M
Lisa M4 months ago

Noted.

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Lisa M
Lisa M4 months ago

Noted.

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Winn A
Winn Adams4 months ago

Noted

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