1. Update
  2. Economic Justice, Immigrants & Refugees

End the Shutdown. Open the Government.

By Gabriela Viera, Hannah Graf Evans, January 11, 2019

Today is payday and 800,000 federal workers will not get a paycheck. Seven government departments are closed, and critical programs are threatened as President Trump continues to demand more than $5 billion for a border wall that cannot pass Congress.

It is time the Senate ends this standstill. Please call on your senators to stop holding people hostage in this irresponsible shutdown.

The House has passed bipartisan bills to fund the government. However, the Senate has not. If Congress doesn’t act, funds for food stamps, housing assistance, and emergency support for domestic violence victims will run out. Services for Native Americans–-like tribal courts and health services--will also cease.

The longer the shutdown lasts, the greater the impact on our communities.

Urge your senators to immediately reopen the government without further militarizing our border or expanding immigrant detention.

Both houses of Congress must pass a spending package that re-opens the government while protecting the rights and dignity of migrants, border residents, and vulnerable communities.

Gabriela Viera

  • Program Assistant, Immigration & Refugee Policy

Gabriela Viera served as the Program Assistant for Immigration and Refugee Policy for 2018-2019.

Hannah Graf Evans

  • Legislative Representative, Immigration and Refugee Policy

Hannah Graf Evans lobbies for compassionate immigration policies. Our immigration system should empower immigrants and the American communities to which they belong, lift up the voices of border communities, and ensure adequate protections for refugees, asylum-seekers and victims of trafficking. Hannah served as co-chair of the Interfaith Immigration Coalition steering committee for three years and still plays an active role in pursuing shared policy priorities of the more than 50 faith-based member organizations.