Wednesday, January 9, 2019

A Call to Action

Last night President Trump spoke to the nation about the crisis at our southern border,  the need for a border wall, and called for Americans to contact their legislators to fund it. This appeal was followed by a rebuttal by Democrat leaders to tell us why they won't provide funding.

Let me say up front that I'm all for "legal" immigration.  I know that there are people who want to escape hardships in other countries.  However, the assault on our southern border is much more than that.  I believe it is an all-out effort to destroy our country.  The same thing is happening in European countries.  The influx of immigrants has had a devastating effect on those countries and they are standing up and fighting back.  The ultimate goal in this effort is a united, globalist community and economy.  This effort has been tried in Europe and now countries are backing out because of what they see happening to their beloved countries.  An example is Brexit in Great Britain.

It is quite interesting to note that the following list of Democrats supported the wall in the past.  You can find videos and articles online that show their support:

Chuck Schumer
Nancy Pelosi
Hillary Clinton
Barack Obama

President Trump laid out the facts about the effects of illegal immigration - crime, drugs, and child sex trafficking.  The statistics are frightening and heart-breaking.  Here are the arrest numbers during 2017-2018:

 100,000 for assault
      30,000 for sex crimes
    4,000 for homicides

This quote struck me deeply:

 "Some suggested a barrier is immoral. 
Then why do politicians build walls around their homes? 
They don't build walls because  they hate people on the outside,
but because  they love the people on the inside. 
The only thing that's immoral is politicians who do nothing"

He appealed to Americans to call their legislators for the necessary funding for the wall project.  I sent an email to my House representative immediately.  That's the easiest and least time consuming way to contact them. I put the link for contacting your representative below.  If you would like to make a phone call, here is some helpful information.

 Calling your legislator: A step-by-step guide

Call congressional offices directly or through the switchboard. If you do not have the direct number, you can reach US representatives by calling 202-225-3121, and US senators by calling 202-224-3121. Ask the operator to connect you to the individual office. If you do not know the names of your members of Congress or want the direct line to their office, you can find them here:

Contact your House Representative
Contact Your Senator

Ask to speak to the aide who handles the issue about which you are calling. Your call will be more influential if you speak to the correct aide. However, Congressional aides are very busy and this is not always possible. If you cannot speak directly with the aide, leave a message with the receptionist stating your views. Sometimes, you will get an answering machine.  Leave a message.

Let them know that you are a constituent. Elected officials are most interested in your opinions if you are their constituent, so be sure to say the city and state you are from.

Know your facts. Be sure you have the basic information about your topic in front of you when you call. You should be able to specifically describe the topic about which you are calling and state your opinion on what your legislator should do.

Note your expertise. If you have professional experience on the issue on which you are calling, be sure to mention
it. It will help to establish your credibility on the issue and may event prompt the aide to ask you for some guidance on the issue.

Be brief. Aides receive a high volume of phone calls every day, so keep your call short.

Be timely. Timeliness is especially important when you are phoning. If the vote on your issue is imminent, the aide is much more likely to pay attention to what you say.

Consider calling the local office. Calling the office in your district or state, rather than the Washington office, can sometimes be very effective. If you are calling about a vote or other timely issues, always call the Washington office. But, if you are calling generally about an issue that affects your district or community, calling the local office can be a good way to make them aware of an issue.

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