Join the #Faith4Asylum campaign from the Interfaith Immigration Coalition
Background: January 29 marks the one-year anniversary of the Migrant Protection Protocols, otherwise known as the "Remain in Mexico" program. The policy prevents asylum seekers from waiting for their hearings in safety in the United States, instead forcing them to wait in locations in Mexico where they face violence and extortion. There are now at least 636 public reports of rape, kidnapping, torture and other violent attacks against asylum seekers returned to Mexico, including 138 reports involving children.
The Remain in Mexico policy violates domestic and international law by sending asylum seekers to dangerous conditions without an adequate screening process, effectively denying them access to lawyers and interpreters and preventing many from receiving a fair day in court. More than 56,000 people have already been sent to Mexico under this policy.
Faith reflection: When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God. (Leviticus 19:33-34, NIV)
Action: Visit faith4asylum.com to:
- Join the campaign
- Download resources to host a vigil
- Find a vigil near you
Action alert created Jan. 22, 2020, by Tammy Alexander, senior legislative associate for domestic affairs. Adapted from an alert by the Interfaith Immigration Coalition.
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