Restore the Right to Asylum

Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.
– Matthew 25:40

Over the course of almost four years, the current administration has drastically changed asylum policy in the United States, all without any input from Congress. The Department of Homeland Security has had a crucial role in designing, implementing, and enforcing these changes. For this reason, we urge our network to communicate with the office of the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security to express your concern over actions taken by this administration and recommend steps to restore compassion and respect to our asylum policy.

The Message to the Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security

Dear Acting Secretary,

There is a desperate need for the U.S. to make a dramatic course correction in its approach towards migration. I offer the following recommendations to assist the Department of Homeland Security in establishing a safe, orderly, and fair asylum system that respects the human dignity of all.

  1. Fully restore the right to seek asylum in the United States and rescind all harmful policies: asylum cooperative agreements, the Migrant Protection Protocols, and border closures.
  2. Refrain from using economic or diplomatic threats to pressure the Mexican government. Instead, respect Mexico’s sovereignty and treat it as an equal partner in efforts to build our joint capacity to offer refuge to asylum seekers.
  3. Expand opportunities for refugee resettlement through programs such as the Central American Minors Program and the Protection Transfer Arrangement.

As a person of faith, I believe it is our moral obligation to welcome and protect our most vulnerable migrant brothers and sisters. Together let us build a more hospitable, compassionate, and empathetic world.

Thank you.

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