American Immigration Lawyers Association
Chicago Chapter

Action Alert — January 26, 2017

Fasten your seatbelts everyone, we need you now more than ever after yesterday’s announcements of the Executive Orders on immigration policy.  After digesting everything that happened yesterday, today is the day to ACT!

Yesterday afternoon, one of the things that President Trump announced is that the U.S. government will force local police officers to serve as immigration enforcement officers.  Such proposals would reverse years of intentional, community-based policing efforts that are vital to public safety in neighborhoods across the country.  This decision jeopardizes the trust between immigrant communities and local police and does not make cities across the United States any safer.

President Trump also announced that the U.S. government would begin building a wall across the U.S. southern border, detain families and children who cross the border, and turn away vulnerable asylum seekers, returning them to the violence and persecution they fled.  Walling off America is an affront to our nation’s values of family unity, compassion, and welcome.

Call the White House and your Senators and Representatives today and tell them you support policies that limit local law enforcement cooperation with ICE, protect asylum seekers, and welcome immigrants.

This decision would punish cities that allow police to focus on community priorities rather than target people based on their immigration status. When all individuals can report dangerous situations and seek protection from violence without the fear of being deported and separated from their families, safety increases for everyone.  This decision would also cost taxpayers billions of dollars and fail to live up to our moral and legal obligations to protect those in need.

Tell the White House and Congress that you stand in solidarity with all members of our communities, including immigrants and asylum seekers, as well as the states and localities committed to protecting them.

Together, we must stand with cities that utilize community-policing efforts to create safer communities and provide our undocumented brothers and sisters the ability to live without fear of local law enforcement. Now is the time to come together to reject a border wall, policies that fail to protect vulnerable populations, and discrimination.

We expect that President Trump will announce today a decision to grind the U.S. refugee resettlement program to a halt and discriminate against our Muslim brothers and sisters.  You can take action today by signing this petition and tweeting @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS:


·         @realDonaldTrump & @POTUS Don’t stop welcoming refugees. Resettlement demonstrates the best of our values #RefugeesWelcome

·         @realDonaldTrump & @POTUS Keep America welcoming. Refugee resettlement is a proud American legacy with bipartisan support #RefugeesWelcome

·         @realDonaldTrump & @POTUS More than 800 faith leaders are opposed to any policy that would keep Muslim refugees from seeking safety:

·         @realDonaldTrump & @POTUS Christians oppose policies that would deny Muslims refuge and preference Christians:


Thanks everyone for all of your continued support and help with this issue.