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Saturday, January 25 was the one year anniversary of the implementation of the Migration Protection Protocol (MPP), widely known as Remain in México. This policy has forced asylum seekers to return to México and wait there as they apply for asylum in the United States. Migrants in Northern Mexican border cities report
facing violence, kidnapping, extortion, and sexual assault. Remain in México also makes it incredibly difficult for migrants to receive legal support for their asylum cases. Over 56,000 asylum seekers have been sent to Mexican border cities this year.
Remain in México is an unjust policy that does not uphold the inherent dignity of asylum seekers and criminalizes them for following international asylum law. Take action and tell both Congress and acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf to revoke Remain in México and discontinue the expansion of this program.
Last week, superiors of Jesuit communities in Texas spoke out on behalf of refugees coming to their state through resettlement programs. On Friday, January 10, Texas became the first U.S. state to block refugee resettlement under President Trump’s September executive order requiring written consent from state and local jurisdictions prior to refugee resettlement. The Jesuit superiors sent a letter to Texas Governor Greg Abbott denouncing his decision.
IGNATIAN SOLIDARITY NETWORK is always working to develop additional ways for our network to stand in solidarity with the Jesuit Conference, the Texas Jesuit superiors, and many others as advocates for those who migrate. On May 20, 2020, we'll have our first Jesuit Parish Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. All Jesuit parish members and key social ministry partners are welcome to participate. ISN has designed this event as a space for members of our network to advocate for immigrant rights to members of Congress and to create a space for parishioners to network. Thanks to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) grant, scholarships are available for impacted immigrants who are members of a Jesuit parish. Both registration and the scholarship application are now open.
José Arnulfo Cabrera
Director of Education and Advocacy for Migration FEATURED RESOURCES: ()
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