USCCB calls for action to protect asylum seekers, families
Please take action now:
Ask the Department of Homeland Security to rescind the "Remain in Mexico" policy and support asylum seekers by following existing law.
In January 2019, the Department of Homeland Security issued new policy guidance for "Migrant Protection Protocols." On March 4, 2019, the Texas and Mexico Border bishops issued a statement voicing disagreement with the recent "Remain in Mexico" policy. Expressing their deep concern over the policy, the bishops noted: "We appeal to governments, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that they not adopt policies that have the effect of increasing the suffering of the most vulnerable." On March 13th, Bishop Joe Vasquez of Austin, Texas, Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, along with Sean Callahan, CEO of Catholic Relief Services, released a statement of solidarity with the Texas-Mexico Border bishops regarding the human consequences of this policy.
Under the Remain in Mexico policy, certain asylum seekers, including families, are sent back to Mexico to wait throughout the duration of their immigration court proceedings in the U.S., which could take months in which people are living in dangerous and inadequate conditions.
As Catholics, we affirm the inherent dignity of every person and the ability of families to seek security and safety for themselves and family members. For this reason, the U.S. Catholic Bishops oppose the Remain in Mexico policy and ask that the Department of Homeland Security act now to revoke the policy and provide immediate protection and the authorization to remain in the United States to asylum seekers while they apply for adjudication of their asylum claims.
You can learn more about the Remain in Mexico policy by reviewing the backgrounder from the USCCB’s Justice for Immigrants campaign in English or in Spanish.
Please click here to contact the Department of Homeland Security and ask that they rescind the Remain in Mexico policy and instead support asylum seekers.
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~~~The Virginia Catholic Conference is the public policy agency representing Virginia’s Catholic bishops and their two dioceses.