Urge Congress to support asylum seekers
Urge your members of Congress to welcome those seeking asylum in the U.S. and to focus any federal spending related to asylum seekers on meeting humanitarian needs and addressing the root causes of migration rather than on detention, family separation or border walls.
Background: As Congress debates spending bills for fiscal year 2020, they will make important decisions about how to respond to the increased numbers of migrants seeking safety, or asylum, in the U.S. Urge your members to focus on humanitarian funding for migrants arriving at our border and to address the root causes of migration by supporting foreign assistance to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador that addresses corruption and impunity, respects civil rights, reduces militarization and offers sustainable livelihoods to allow more people to stay in their home communities. Urge them to oppose funding for keeping asylum seekers in inhumane detention facilities, for separating families or for further militarizing our borders.
Additionally, urge Congress to oppose bills such as the Secure and Protect Act (S.1494) which would significantly undermine asylum protections for families, individuals and unaccompanied minors seeking safety. The U.S. has historically been a safe haven for immigrants and we should continue to offer asylum to those seeking safety from persecution and violence.
Faith reflection: Jesus encouraged us to welcome the stranger as we welcome Jesus himself. Instead of enforcement-only strategies to turn away men, women and children seeking safety and opportunity, we should be looking for ways to offer greater support.
Action: Urge your members of Congress to welcome those seeking asylum in the U.S. and to focus any federal spending related to asylum seekers on meeting humanitarian needs and addressing the root causes of migration rather than on detention, family separation or border walls.
Action alert updated July 17, 2019, by TammyAlexander, senior legislative associate for domestic affairs.
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