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Asylum seekers in the United States are currently being held in jail-like facilities, children are being forcibly separated from their parents, and families seeking protection are being criminally prosecuted. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights guarantees the right to seek and be granted asylum in other countries. The United States was a leader in the effort to draft the Declaration and voted in favor of its adoption by the United Nations. But the U.S. asylum system is under attack.
The current administration is introducing new policies that do not meet the requirements for protecting asylum seekers that are long established under international and U.S. law. Homeland Security is sending all border crossers to the Justice Department to be prosecuted. When undocumented parents are criminally prosecuted, their children are automatically declared unaccompanied minors, detained and transferred into government custody—despite the fact that they have loving parents who desperately want to stay with them, who brought them to the U.S. in search of a safer life.
Organizations and groups including the United Nations, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Episcopal Church, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) and many more are denouncing family separation and advocating for lawful and humane treatment of asylum seekers. We must let our elected officials know that the United States cannot roll back protections for asylum seekers.
Organizations to follow: