Join us in urging Rep. Clarke to do everything within her means to end the humanitarian crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.  Sign our petition below. 


To: Rep. Yvette Clarke

Weyour constituentsare writing to urge additional immediate action with regard to the humanitarian crisis on our border, as well as the immigrant crisis in our district. 

This issue is of immense concern to your constituents. An estimated 164,000 immigrants in Brooklyn are undocumented,. and the likelihood is that a great number of them live in our diverse 9th Congressional District. Nearly 40% of the residents in our district are immigrants. We immigrated from Latin America (40%), Asia (19%), Europe (16%), and Africa (4%). Moreover, over a quarter of Brooklyn’s undocumented immigrants live with a child who was born in the US, highlighting the potential for deportations to separate children from their parents, just as at the border. 

No matter where we were born, we are humans whose hearts are breaking as we watch the inhumane treatment of detainees at Homestead and other concentration camps. Our children watch TV, and they are asking us about the kids who died or were torn from their parents. We see ourselves in these migrants.

We need your leadership to continue to address the crisis. We appreciate your vote against unrestricted funding for the border, your statements on social media condemning the dreadful conditions in the detention camps, especially among children separated from their families, your efforts to travel to the Homestead facility, and your participation in the news conference for the resignation of border agents who expressed the dehumanizing language of prejudice and hate. We would like to support you in these efforts and urge you to do even more.

As your constituents, we would like to call on you to continue your efforts and take even more leadership to resolve this situation. Specifically, we sincerely urge you to:

  • Reschedule as soon as possible your visit to Homestead or another concentration camp to bear witness on behalf of your constituents.
  • Let us know when your visit is scheduled so that we can amplify your call to #CloseTheCamps and end Trump's zero tolerance immigration policy. 
  • Report to our diverse district in several town hall meetings to (a) help us better understand the situation and what we can do as citizens to ameliorate the conditions, and (b) to let your immigrant constituents know that their safety is a priority for you and all of us who live in CD9.
  • Push the House Homeland Security Committee on which you sit to hold hearings on conditions at the camps and exercise strict oversight of the camps and the Border Patrol to rein in their worst abuses.
  • Act with your colleagues to defund the hate by reducing funding to the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Customs and Border Protection back to its Obama-era levels.

The United States is strongest when it projects and promotes its values to the rest of the world. The rule of law is intrinsic to our constitutional nature and the foundation upon which international peace is maintained. These detentions without due process, these horrible conditions, are an affront to American values. They weaken us. Our morality and strategic interests demand an immediate resolution.  We jeopardize our own humanity when we allow this to happen.  



NYSD17 for Progress

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Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats
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Caolan Madden
Susan Bolles
Bhumika Muchhala
Stewart Pravda
Yoon Choi
Ernest Skinner
Leah Miles
Pamela Galpern
Michael McQuillan
Linda Mandracchia
Jeffrey Marker
Kemala Karmen
Barbara Weiserbs
Holly Chen
Emily Schnee
Sara Sloan
Kathleen Rubenstein
Naomi Wolf
Juno Turner
Tori Rosen
Hassan Bakiriddin
David Newman
David Arnow
Christopher Young
Joanna Fuhrman
Steve Elworth
Nicole Grinberg
Jean Similien
Julie Strauss
Lisa Wildman
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  • Caolan Madden
    signed via 2019-07-12 17:26:29 -0400
  • Susan Bolles
    signed 2019-07-12 17:24:47 -0400
  • Bhumika Muchhala
    signed via 2019-07-12 16:45:56 -0400
  • Stewart Pravda
    signed via 2019-07-12 16:15:37 -0400
  • Yoon Choi
    signed 2019-07-12 16:12:34 -0400
  • Ernest Skinner
    signed 2019-07-12 15:36:53 -0400
  • Leah Miles
    signed via 2019-07-12 15:31:50 -0400
  • Pamela Galpern
    signed via 2019-07-12 15:29:52 -0400
    Pamela R Galpern
  • Michael McQuillan
    signed via 2019-07-12 15:25:24 -0400
    Could a federal judge’s injunction close the camps and force action to reunite families?
  • Linda Mandracchia
    signed via 2019-07-12 15:18:32 -0400
  • Jeffrey Marker
    signed via 2019-07-12 15:09:37 -0400
  • Kemala Karmen
    signed via 2019-07-12 15:08:36 -0400
    Addressing the obscenity of the camps needs to be Congress’s #1 priority at this point. Lead on this!
  • Barbara Weiserbs
    signed via 2019-07-12 15:08:00 -0400
  • Holly Chen
    signed via 2019-07-12 15:07:50 -0400
    Please do everything you can to stop the detention of people at all of our borders, especially the southern border and allow people to peacefully exist in this country while waiting for their hearing. Please also suggest that all of the money that goes to detention be moved to helping clear the back log in the immigration courts and to provide legal services to those in Immigration proceedings.
  • Emily Schnee
    signed via 2019-07-12 14:59:49 -0400
  • Sara Sloan
    signed via 2019-07-12 14:55:15 -0400
  • Kathleen Rubenstein
    signed 2019-07-12 14:31:05 -0400
  • Naomi Wolf
    signed via 2019-07-12 14:30:41 -0400
  • Juno Turner
    signed 2019-07-12 14:13:52 -0400
  • Tori Rosen
    signed 2019-07-12 14:11:42 -0400
  • Hassan Bakiriddin
    signed via 2019-07-12 14:10:07 -0400
  • David Newman
    signed 2019-07-12 14:06:13 -0400
  • David Arnow
    signed 2019-07-12 13:56:38 -0400
    This is a crucial moment and issue. Please, Congressman Clarke, you are always a leading progressive, please adopt this cause, which effects so many people in our district, as your own.
  • Christopher Young
    signed 2019-07-12 13:54:42 -0400
  • Joanna Fuhrman
    signed 2019-07-12 13:51:41 -0400
  • Steve Elworth
    signed via 2019-07-12 13:46:47 -0400
  • Nicole Grinberg
    signed via 2019-07-12 13:39:54 -0400
  • Jean Similien
    signed via 2019-07-12 13:18:24 -0400
    Protect your neighborhood from ICE raids.
  • Julie Strauss
    signed via 2019-07-12 13:09:07 -0400
  • Lisa Wildman
    signed via 2019-07-12 12:37:17 -0400
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