The U.S. asylum system is under systemic evisceration. The Trump administration has blocked families and children seeking protection and instead is delivering them to life-threatening dangers – through the administration’s cruel “Remain in Mexico” (or Migration Protection Protocol) policy that unlawfully returns asylum seekers to Mexico while their case is adjudicated, turning away asylum seekers at the border, “metering” entry and forcing asylum seekers to wait months to even apply for protection, refouling asylum seekers to unsafe countries in Central America, and categorically denying asylum to those fleeing their homes by traveling through another country.
All people have the legal right to seek a safe place to call home, and seeking asylum is protected within U.S. and international law. We must demand that our Members of Congress defend our values and decry these policies. Please join us TODAY as part of a week of action to protect asylum seekers and #SaveAsylum.
Here are the top 3 ways to take action. For more resources, check out this new toolkit for the #SaveAsylum Week of Action.
- Amplify on Social Media: Join the Twitter storm TODAY, Tuesday, Nov. 19th at 2pm EST by using the hashtag #SaveAsylum. For sample tweets, graphics, and more, click here.
- Call Congress: Click “Call Me” on the right to tell your Senators and Representative to protect asylum seekers. Here’s a sample script: “I’m your constituent from [CITY/TOWN], and [as a person of faith] I urge you to defund the inhumane and cruel Remain in Mexico / Migration Protection Protocol policy. I am outraged that the government is forcibly returning people seeking asylum at our southern border to Mexico where hundreds of people have fallen victim to kidnapping, sexual assault, extortion, and other human rights violations as they await their next court hearings. The administration has also built secretive tent courts that are completely closed to the public, eliminating transparency that helps uphold due process of law. I urge you to defund the dangerous Remain In Mexico policy altogether, and also require that the government allow public access to the tent courts until this program is halted. My community welcomes asylum seekers and immigrants, and I urge you to do the same.”
- Participate in Events and Amplify via Facebook Live: Click here for the list of events that you can join in person or virtually.