Call your members of Congress
Urge them to oppose funding for border walls and detention

Background: Right now, Congress is determining how to fund the government after December 7, 2018. Debates continue over whether to spend billions more on new border walls, immigrant detention and enforcement. The Trump administration would like to detain thousands more immigrant families, including young children, but it cannot significantly expand family detention without additional funding.  

Faith reflection: For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:21)

Action: Call your members of Congress and urge them to oppose funding for border walls and detention

Other ways to take action:

  • Share a petition: Print copies and have members of your church or members of your community sign this petition.
  • Share on social media. Share the same message with your senators and representatives on social media. Click here for sample social media posts and graphics to share.
  • Write a letter to the editor or opinion editorial. Call on your Member of Congress by name in your local newspaper to expand oversight. Urge them to direct the administration to utilize community-based alternatives to detention for families, asylum seekers, and immigrants navigating the immigration system. You can easily submit a letter to the editor using this tool.
  • Join or organize local public witness and community events. Even small events, multiplied across the country, will send a powerful message to the Trump administration and Congress that upholding family unity and welcoming immigrants is a moral issue that is important to people of faith and conscience. Click here for a toolkit to organize a local event and lift up the power in prayer.

Additional resources on FY 2019 immigration/border spending


Alert prepared by Tammy Alexander, Senior Legislative Associate for Domestic Affairs, September 21, 2018. Adapted from an alert by the Interfaith Immigration Coalition. Updated October 22, 2018.

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