There are an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants and in the United States. They work, they pay taxes, they contribute to the community, they raise families, and they are deeply ingrained in the fabric of our country (66% of undocumented immigrants have lived in the United States more than 10 years). But many undocumented immigrants have also been living in the shadows, and in heightened fear of deportation since Trump unleashed his deportation machine, which has been in full effect carrying out raids, and his nasty rhetoric around "bad hombres," "rapists," and killers. (Uh actually, Donald, undocumented immigrants are 44% less likely to be incarcerated than native-born Americans.)
Wall-of-Us is continuing to support immigration and civil rights groups like the Immigrant Rights Legal Center, the AAAJ-ALC, and ACLU’s People Power movement in their work to support local law enforcement in their rejection of Trump’s policies and will continue to bring you ways of getting involved. This week, we join with our colleagues at Indivisible and the Fair Immigration Reform Movement to support Rise Up, a nation-wide action on May 1 for immigrants and allies, who have said: "Any attack on immigrants is an attack on all of us. Together we can shine a light on the path to freedom and end the cruelty against immigrants and refugees."
Here’s how you can, too:
1. Look for a local Rise Up action in your community and consider joining, if you can. (3 minutes to search and sign up, 1-3 hours to join an action)
2. To deepen your commitment to standing immigrants, get in touch with a local group working on immigration reform to get their updates and be apprised of opportunities to be an ally. Use Indivisible’s guide to connecting with local group, or ACLU’s People Power map. If you know of other local groups or find one, doing a quick Google search, update the Ragtag table and help build a national network. (5-10 minutes minutes)