Protect the right to asylum

Last November, the Trump administration began categorically denying asylum to those who enter the United States between official ports of entry, regardless of their need for protection. This sweeping change in practice upends decades of fundamental human rights commitments under U.S. and international law and is, in effect, a ban on exercising the right to seek asylum in the United States.

The Departments of Homeland Security and Justice are now crafting a policy to support this practice. Your legislators have the power to bring the issue to the floor of Congress to debate in a public forum.

CLICK HERE to urge your representative to prioritize protecting the right to asylum for all seekers by initiating legislation to define asylum in a way that reflects our national character as a generous and compassionate people.

Partnering with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

Affirming the worth and dignity of immigrants, migrants, and refugees

Congress has a critical choice to make before the end of the year. Is this the nation we want to be?

Congress must decide by Dec. 21, 2018 how to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for the rest of fiscal year 2019. Right now is a critical time for people of faith and conscience to make our voices heard and say all people deserve to be treated humanely. Every additional dollar for immigration detention and enforcement allows our nation to carry out policies that erode the rights and safety of immigrants, refugees, and migrants.

Click HERE to urge your congressperson to reject increased funding for unchecked immigration enforcement.

The FIRST STEP ACT for prison reform

2 The FIRST STEP ACT was passed by the House in May and is now in the Senate, with bipartisan support -- but it needs to be moved onto the floor for a vote before Congress adjourns for the holidays.

Last month members of the Senate Judiciary Committee agreed on a bipartisan compromise that represents significant steps toward ending mass incarceration by reducing long sentences for felons convicted of nonviolent crimes, making sentencing more flexible for judges, introducing more humane treatment in prison, and facilitating reintegration into society for ex-felons.

Pregnant inmates would no longer be shackled during birth; prisoners would be housed closer to their families, judges would get more leeway to avoid mandatory minimum sentencing; some inmates incarcerated on crack cocaine charges could petition for sentence reduction; and a “third strike” would no longer mean life in prison. The FIRST STEP ACT would also initiate practices helping inmates successfully re-enter society.

Click HERE to ask our Senators to rally support for the FIRST STEP ACT. It represents long overdue restoration of humane rights in the practices of our criminal justice system.