Welcome to another week of the ACLU of NH Civil Rights Sentinel, our weekly legislative update and your calls-to-action to help us fight for our civil rights!
RECAP FROM THIS WEEK
This past week was a busy one in the fight for civil rights, starting with the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) checkpoint conducted last weekend along I-93. Thanks to many volunteers, we received video of multiple interactions with CBP, including some showing federal agents trying to coerce answers from people. This is outrageous. These checkpoints also coincided with Laconia Bike Week and came just a couple weeks after the recent Memorial Day checkpoint. It is our understating that CBP intends to conduct yet more checkpoints in New Hampshire over the remainder of this year. Our number one priority when it comes to these checkpoints is to ensure that people know their rights if they go through them. See below for specific action you can take!
Also this week, Governor Chris Sununu followed through on his promise and vetoed SB593, which would repeal the death penalty in New Hampshire and replace it with life in prison without the possibility of parole. The Governor made known his intention to veto a few months ago, so we have been planning for this with all eyes on a legislative veto override. The legislature can override a veto with a 2/3rds vote (of those present) in the House and Senate. The House was one vote away from a 2/3rds vote when it passed SB593 earlier this year, and the Senate was two votes shy. We strongly believe that with your activism, we can secure enough support for a successful veto override later this year. But, we need your help to secure the votes!
- Repeal of the NH Death Penalty: The bill, SB 593, is likely to return to the legislature for a veto override.
Woodstock Border Patrol Checkpoints: For a state that prides itself on being welcoming to all, these checkpoints tell a very different story, one of discrimination and dismissal of our constitutional rights and values. Based on videos of the checkpoint recorded by motorists, the way CBP is conducting these checkpoints is deeply disturbing, coercive, and unconstitutional.
- Share your video footage. If you have video footage of a CBP checkpoint in New Hampshire, please email it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Know Your Rights with Border Patrol. Download our Know Your Rights With Border Patrol flyer and help us share information with people about their rights when in contact with CBP.
- Attend #FamiliesBelongTogether Rallies and Events Near You: The current crisis unfolding at the border is the result of Trump administration policies, driven by the view that immigrants and asylum seekers deserve nothing but cruelty and punishment. For months, the administration has been systematically separating asylum-seekers from their children as they arrived at the southern border. More than 2,300 children have been forcibly taken from their parents. President Trump’s Executive Order, issued on June 20, doesn’t solve this humanitarian crisis. It claims to end family separation, but offers no plan to reunite the thousands of children who remain separated from their parents. Now the administration wants to jail these families and their children in makeshift detention camps. The ACLU filed a federal lawsuit earlier this year to stop family separation and to demand that these children be reunited with their parents. We are in the courts, streets, and in Congress to hold the Trump administration accountable for the irreparable damage it has done to these young lives. We need you in this fight.
Thank you for making your voices heard. If we don’t hold them accountable to protecting our civil rights, then no one will – take action today!