Justice for Immigrants - The Catholic Campaign for Immigration Reform (from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Migration and Refugee Services
Justice for Immigrants Colleagues:
On December 23, 2015, media outlets reported that the Department of Homeland Security was planning raids to deport Central American children and adults who entered the United States seeking asylum and have had a final order of removal since January 1, 2014. This includes children and families who lost their asylum cases because they were unable to find adequate legal counsel, as well as individuals who were given deportation orders in absentia or through “rocket dockets” that are meant to expedite trials but in reality deny due process.
It is now being reported that more than 120 people have been apprehended by DHS and will soon be deported. USCCB/MRS strongly disagrees with this action.
The chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Migration has written that the migration surge from Central America is a refugee crisis because children and mothers with young families are fleeing extreme violence. Moreover, the USCCB has called on the Administration to offer a humanitarian response to these migrants and “protect and care for children and families fleeing violence in the region,” which includes due process and legal assistance to adjudicate asylum and refugee claims as well as addressing the root causes of violence forcing so many individuals to flee.
We need your help.
Please send us any stories you may have of Central American children and families in your communities who have been rounded up and deported as a result of this recent decision. Demographic information, as well as information about their reasons for migration, and the nature of the deportation, will be extremely helpful to us in articulating the impact of this decision.
Please also call the White House at 1-866-961-4293 or the White House Comment Line directly at 1-888-907-2053. Here's a sample script:
"I am from City, State, and as a Catholic/person of faith, I urge President Obama to immediately STOP plans to deport Central American children and families. These individuals are refugees fleeing violence and should have access to legal counsel so that they can apply for asylum and protection in the United States."
Tell the White House to STOP planned raids on Central American children and families!
For more information from other immigration advocates, see
Jesuit Conference: http://ignatiansolidarity.net/blog/2016/01/04/jesuit-conference-calls-for-an-end-to-immigration-raids-targeting-central-americans/
America’s Voice: http://americasvoice.org/press_releases/dhs-preparing-series-of-raids-targeting-refugees-who-fled-violence-in-central-america/
Jesuit Refugee Services: http://jrsusa.org/news_detail?TN=NEWS-20160104093630
Kids in Need of Defense: https://supportkind.org/media/
National Immigrant Justice Center: http://www.immigrantjustice.org/press_releases/us-government%E2%80%99s-raids-families-fleeing-violence-disregard-due-process-threaten-lives
Sent by Toni Cube, spokesperson for the US Bishops on Immigration and Refugees