The Trump administration's new rule states that asylum-seekers at the U.S. southern border who pass through another country and do not seek asylum there will not be eligible for asylum in the U.S.; migrants must first apply for—and be denied—asylum in that country in order to be eligible to ask for protection in the U.S. This rule would effectively bar most Central American migrants, as well as migrants from dozens of other countries and continents, from seeking asylum in the U.S.
Additionally, news reports have continued to circulate about horrific conditions in Border Patrol holding facilities along the southern border, in some cases causing deaths of both children and adults. These claims were confirmed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General in a report released last month. Just this week, DHS unveiled new regulations that would end the "Flores Agreement," which protects immigrant children and families from prolonged detention.
Blocking vulnerable people who are fleeing violence and persecution from accessing protection is immoral, cruel, and unnecessary, as is detaining them for prolonged periods in crowded, unsanitary, and inhumane detention conditions.
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.
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