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Re: Disaster at the Border

We’re attacking this issue from a few different angles.

We’ve added the League’s name to two coalition letters. The first is from the Value Our Families Campaign.
The letter opposes cuts to our family-based immigration system and the diversity visa program or ramped up
enforcement measures that would further tear families apart as outlined in the Goodlatte bill up for consideration.
The second letter calls on Congressional leaders to oppose actions that facilitate the Department of Homeland Security’s mass detention and deportation, especially of people of color, construction of a harmful border wall, or further border militarization. Specifically, it urges Congress to significantly cut funds for immigration detention and enforcement within the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) budgets.

We’ll be sending our own memo to the House outlining our opposition to the proposed immigration bills that are up.

If there are groups that you work with that are holding rallies or events in communities around this issue please get involved as you are able.

If you have additional questions, you can contact Jessica Jones Capparell, JJones@lwv.org, Policy and Legislative Affairs Senior Manager, League of Women Voters of the US.

LWVEN held its 2018 Annual Meeting at Per Un Angelo Italian Restaurant in Wantagh, on June 13th. After our business meeting, we were pleased to hear from Alexandra Dixon, a junior at Freeport High School, who was our 2018 representative to the LWVNYS annual Students Inside Albany conference.

Alexandra spoke with enthusiasm about her experiences at SIA, about the program, her fellow students there. The
Presenters and all that she learned. We have had similar reports from previous SIA representatives, but Alexandra’s
discussion was surely one of the most cogent descriptions.

A few of us spoke with her parents and learned how important learning and knowledge are in their home. We
are certain that this young lady will do well in her senior year and into the future, and we wish her the best of luck.

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