December 2015 E-Newsletter

Published on December 22nd, 2015

CAPS eNews and Action

In the wake of Congress betraying the country with its passage of the pro-amnesty, pro-sanctuary jurisdiction, and pro-refugee resettlement omnibus spending bill — CAPS’ mission is as important as ever.

We are working overtime to ensure Americans know that future immigration-enabled tragedies like the terrorist attacks in San Bernardino and Paris are avoidable. We must demand sane immigration policies that reflect our national interests and protect our communities. One obvious step toward that goal is putting an end to sanctuary cities.

We just launched our provocative blindfold campaign to draw attention to that fact that 340 jurisdictions actively decide not to cooperate with immigration enforcement. For every $10 raised, we will send these sanctuary city officials a blindfold, to help them look away from the injustices they tolerate.

CAPS has also just released a hard-hitting compilation video that illustrates the shame in permitting sanctuary cities. Coinciding with the Republican National Debate, the video was widely circulated (600,000 views to date) on social media. Visit OutlawSanctuaryCities.org to view the video and send a letter telling presidential candidates that:

  • Americans oppose sanctuary cities – According to a recent report, 62% of Americans think the government should take legal action to stop sanctuary cities.
  • Offering sanctuary enables crime – Illegal aliens are 3x more likely to commit murder, we cannot afford to give illegal aliens sanctuary in our cities.
  • Sanctuary cities are unconstitutional – Federal immigration laws require local authorities to report illegal aliens.  Sanctuary cities encourage more illegal immigration!

On his December trip to Washington DC, CAPS National Media Director Joe Guzzardi tackled the issue on Capitol Hill. He urged politicians to see the gruesome San Bernardino event for what it was, a failure of our immigration system. This time, lax K-1 marriage visas are to blame for allowing Syed Rizwan Farook to bring Tashfeen Malik to the U.S. More generally, lazy vetting procedures that prioritize high immigration over national security continue to expose us to unnecessary problems.

CAPS appreciates your dedication and activism. As we celebrate the season with friends and family, keep in mind that it’s important to continue fighting for a better tomorrow!

Happy Holidays,

Jo Wideman
CAPS Executive Director


As founder of Northface and Esprita, Douglas Tompkins leveraged his successes in business to further conservation efforts. Not only did Tompkins protect large tracts of land in South America by creating national parks and private nature reserves, he also was unafraid to speak out against overpopulation.

Tompkins was a historic figure in the mold of John Muir and David Brower, and will be missed greatly by the conservation community.

Here, CAPS Senior Writing Fellow Leon Kolankiewicz reports on Tompkins' important contributions throughout the years.


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