It’s time to tell our legislators to stop empowering ICE to terrorize our community.
The terrible SB 452 has already passed the Georgia senate (where our local senators Bill Cowsert and Frank Ginn voted for it). Now it’s in the house. Deborah Gonzalez (D-117), Spencer Frye (D-118) and Jonathan Wallace (D-119) should vote against it there, but if they’re not your representatives, we need you to call yours.
You can also call the members of the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee, which is reviewing the bill, especially its chair, Alan Powell.
Rep. Alan Powell (R-Hartwell) 404-463-3793
Make sure to tell your friends in other districts to call their state legislators, too. Don’t know who your legislators are? Find out here.
You’re likely upset that Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is terrorizing our community. The Georgia Senate recently passed a bill to give ICE even more power. Senate Bill 452 (a.k.a., the Ensuring Necessary Deportations [END] Act), forces local police, courts and jails to notify the Department of Homeland Security and/or ICE when they suspect they are dealing with an undocumented person.
If an undocumented person shows up to court for something as minor as a traffic violation, they would be immediately reported for deportation. Allowing this sort of draconian consequence to reporting a crime or addressing an even minor violation will prevent undocumented people from seeking and receiving basic protections.
Requiring this kind of collaboration between local governments and ICE would not only increase fear among vulnerable communities, but also overburden an already overworked system. Three people have died in immigrant detention centers in Georgia over the past year.
Please call your legislators and tell them that the END Act does nothing but harm our state.
Personalized calls are more effective than multiple calls reading the same script, so express your personal feelings frankly! Here is an example script that you can build off of or use:
My name is [NAME], calling from [CITY]. I’m calling today because I am strongly opposed to the END Act (Senate Bill 452), and I believe it will greatly harm our state. Not only is it cruel and unjust, but it will also strain our already underfunded and overstressed system. This bill will discourage already vulnerable people from seeking help when they truly need it, making communities less safe. Nothing about this bill will keep Georgia safer.
Thank you for the chance to share my concerns.
Feel free to modify the script, depending on whom you’re calling.
Please call them TODAY.
TELL THEM: Stop terrorizing our communities!
Thanks for caring,
Legislative Action Network
Athens for Everyone
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