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Ask the Department of Homeland Security to Rescind the “Remain in Mexico” Policy and Support Asylum Seekers by Following Existing Law
In January 2019, the Department of Homeland Security issued new policy guidance for “Migrant Protection Protocols.” On March 4, 2019, the Texas and Mexico Border bishops issued a statement voicing disagreement with the recent “Remain in Mexico” policy. Expressing their deep concern over the policy, the bishops noted: “We appeal to governments, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that they not adopt policies that have the effect of increasing the suffering of the most vulnerable.” On March 13th, Bishop Joe Vasquez of Austin, Texas, Chairman of USCCB Committee on Migration along with Sean Callahan CEO of Catholic Relief Services released a statement of solidarity with the Texas-Mexico Border bishops regarding the human consequences of this policy.
Under the Remain in Mexico policy, certain asylum seekers, including families, are sent back to Mexico to wait throughout the duration of their immigration court proceedings in the U.S, which could take months in which people are living in dangerous and inadequate conditions.
As Catholics, we affirm the inherent dignity of every person and the ability of families to seek security and safety for themselves and family members. For this reason, the U.S. Catholic Bishops oppose the Remain in Mexico policy and ask that the Department of Homeland Security act now to revoke the policy and provide immediate protection and the authorization to remain in the United States to asylum seekers while they apply for adjudication of their asylum claims.
Dear Department of Homeland Security Official:
As a person of faith, I believe in protecting the God-given dignity of every human being. It is not a crime to seek asylum. Consequently, I urge you to revoke the existing Remain in Mexico policy and permit asylum seekers presenting at the U.S-Mexico border with the opportunity to wait in the United States for the adjudication of their asylum claims.
In addition to requesting that the policy is discontinued, I respectfully request that you not further expand the policy to other Border Patrol sectors along the U.S./Mexico Border. As you work towards rescinding the Remain in Mexico policy, please also remember that all families -including families seeking asylum- deserve to have the opportunity to stay and grow together.
During this Lenten season, the Catholic community stands with you in supporting protections for asylum seekers, and we thank you for your work.