Implemented in January 2019, the "Migrant Protection Protocols" or “Remain in Mexico” policy has required asylum-seekers to return to Mexico to wait for the duration of their U.S. immigration court proceedings. As of January 2, 2020, over 56,000 migrants have been returned to Mexico under the policy.
According to U.S. immigration law, it is legal for asylum-seekers to remain in the U.S. while their cases are pending. It allows them access to lawyers, and the opportunity to work and live safely while they await their day in court. This policy change is a drastic departure from previous practice, and likely violates U.S. and international law. But more importantly, it places a potentially dangerous, immoral, and unjust burden on an already vulnerable population.
In Deuteronomy 10:19, and in many other places in Scripture, we are reminded that, “You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” Extending hospitality is a calling for all those who follow Jesus, which includes defending the safety and dignity of those who are most vulnerable and away from home.
Ask your Member of Congress to speak out against this harmful policy and hold DHS accountable to process asylum claims with efficiency and effectiveness so that asylum-seekers are not made more vulnerable.
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