MCC U.S. board member Virgo Handojo prays at the wall between Douglas, Arizona, and Agua Prieta, Mexico, on June 21. MCC photo/Saulo Padilla

Urge Congress to end the administration’s policy of prosecuting asylum seekers, which is a direct violation of their rights under U.S. and international law, and to end the inhumane practice of family detention.

Background: On May 7, the Trump administration formalized a policy of forcibly separating immigrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. President Trump’s executive order on June 20 will end these forced separations but may result in parents and children being held together indefinitely in family detention, or parents being forced to choose deportation in order to avoid separation. In addition, it is not clear that all the children who have already been separated will be reunited with their parents.

Faith reflection: In Matthew 18, Jesus said, “Take care that you do not despise one of these little ones; for, I tell you, in heaven their angels continually see the face of my Father … So it is not the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost.”

Action: Urge Congress to end the administration’s policy of prosecuting asylum seekers, which is a direct violation of their rights under U.S. and international law, and to end the inhumane practice of family detention. Congress should also move to immediately reunify children who have been separated from their parents under the administration’s policy.

 

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Updated July 2 from an alert sent May 16, 2018 by Tammy Alexander.