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September 1, 2017

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Hate Crimes
In the wake of the Charlottesville, VA attacks earlier this month, reports are showing an increase in hate crimes across the country. The LA Times reported that hate crimes in Los Angeles rose 12.6% over the same period of last year, and hate crimes in New York City escalated 28.4%, compared with the same period in 2016. These reports confirm what we already know – that incidents and crimes based on religion, ethnicity, and race are increasing and that the current political environment is aiding the climate of hate.

Now more than ever Congress must take action, which is why we’re working with our coalition partners at Poligon Education Fund and MPAC to send a joint letter urging the passage of H. Res. 257. Read more here [insert website link or link to the letter].

For more information, read the LA Times article.

Immigration
With an unofficial deadline of September 5 looming, pressed for by Attorneys General from Texas and other states, supporters of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, are gearing up for a fight. President Trump has signaled that he may end the Obama-era program that provides work visas for immigrants who came to this country illegally as children, which impacts more than 800,000 immigrants. Republicans are urging Trump to keep his campaign promise to end the program, but Trump has provided conflicting statements on this, meaning that the Sept. 5 deadline could pass, leading to the defense of DACA in court.

Emgage will be fighting to maintain DACA and ensure a welcoming environment for immigrants all over the country. Join us in this fight for an inclusive America!

For more information, read the Politico and Huffington Post articles.

Travel Ban
On Monday, August 29, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments as to whether or not the Trump travel ban can extend to grandparents of relatives in the U.S. The Trump Administration had previously banned relatives like grandparents, but the Supreme Court issued a provisional ruling in June, saying that the ban could not be imposed on those with a “bona fide” relationship to someone in the U.S.. This ruling is in place until the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decides otherwise, or until the Supreme Court takes up this issue on October 10. The 90-day travel ban on issuing visas to citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, all Muslim-majority countries, expires Sept. 24.

For more information, read the Politico and CBS News articles.