Deadline Tomorrow: Sign Letter Raising New Concerns about Immigration Raids

Please join me in sending a letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson and Attorney General Loretta Lynch regarding the recent raids targeting Central American families. As the Washington Post reported over the weekend, administration officials have confirmed that these raids will continue, despite widespread opposition from advocacy groups and Members of Congress. As Members of Congress who are deeply concerned for the safety and well-being of the women and children who are caught up in these raids, we must stand up and tell the administration that these actions are unacceptable.

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PROTECT THE SECOND AMENDMENT

Clearly, this Administration is waging war on the Second Amendment. The forthcoming executive order will do nothing to curb gun violence in America; rather, it’ll hinder the law-abiding citizen’s ability to exercise his/her Constitutional rights.

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Cosponsor the Thin Blue Line Act (v. 4)

I invite you to sign on as a cosponsor of H.R. 814 the Thin Blue Line Act to ensure that those convicted of murdering our law enforcement officers, firefighters, and first responders face the harshest penalty available.

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Cosponsor the Child Protection Improvements Act (v. 5)

The FBI’s fingerprint-based background checks are the gold standard for criminal background checks, yet for thousands of organizations all over the nation serving children, the elderly, and the disabled, these checks are often unavailable or too expensive to afford. We ask you to join us as cosponsors of the Child Protection Improvements Act which would allow youth-serving organizations and others to conduct fast, accurate, and affordable background checks on prospective volunteers and employees.

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Discussion of Heroin Epidemic and Viewing of HBO’s Heroin: Cape Cod, USA

Heroin has come out of the shadows and is now impacting every community across the country. Last year, Massachusetts suffered more than 1,300 opioid-related overdose deaths, exceeding even motor vehicle fatalities in the Commonwealth. Nationwide, deaths from opioid overdoses in 2014 increased by 14% over the previous year. Some 80% of the heroin addicts started with pain medications prescribed by a doctor or stolen from the medicine cabinet. Heroin: Cape Cod USA follows young addicts growing up in one of New England’s heroin hot spots — Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

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Cosponsor the TRUST Act (H.R.4117) to Measure Trust Between Communities and Police (v. 2)

Cooperation between police officers and the communities they serve reduces crime and strengthens neighborhoods. Unfortunately, the real and perceived lack of equity, dignity, and justice has eroded trust between the public and law enforcement officers. Through measurement and a renewed focus on restoring public trust we can rebuild this essential relationship that makes our communities safer and better places to live.

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Briefing: For-profit Probation and Modern Day Debtors’ Prison

Budget constraints and a desire to generate revenue from courthouses, have led many counties and municipalities to contract with for-profit companies to supervise probationers. Today, hundreds of thousands of probations’ cases are handled by for-profit companies. We invite your staff to attend a briefing explaining how for-profit companies turn probation into modern day debtors’ prison.

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PROTECT CONSUMERS FROM DEFECTIVELTY MANUFACTURED FIREARMS

Unique to consumer products, no Federal safety agency has the authority to issue a recall of a defectively designed or manufactured firearm. For example, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), which oversees and ensures that more than 15,000 household and recreational products are safe for consumers, is specifically prohibited from protecting consumers from defectively manufactured firearms. Accordingly, a gun owner’s only protection from defectively designed or manufactured firearms is in the courts.

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REDUCE PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE

I invite you to become a cosponsor of H.R. 3677, the Opioid Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act. This legislation will help to combat the growing prescription drug abuse epidemic that has plagued communities nationwide.

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Increase Transparency, Protect Americans from Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos is a carcinogenic substance that increases the risk of cancer in those who are exposed. Today, asbestos-related diseases claim as many as 15,000 American lives every year and more than 100,000 worldwide. Asbestos, while banned in many countries, is not banned in the United States and can be found in many American products and locations.

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