Humane Immigration Solutions

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50 Catholic organizations and religious congregations directly accompanying migrants in the U.S. and in solidarity with them have sent a letter to the U.S. Senate and a letter to the Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas, to express opposition to reported immigration proposals negotiated as part of the Biden administration’s supplemental budget request.

Upholding the Catholic principles of welcoming the stranger and the preferential option for the poor, the organizations reject reported proposals that would raise the legal standard for accessing asylum, implement a Title 42-expulsion authority, and expand expedited removal nationwide. Instead, organizations and congregations urge senators and the administration to work for bipartisan solutions to support communities welcoming newcomers, provide a pathway to citizenship for long-term undocumented residents and Dreamers, reduce asylum wait times, increase access to legal representation, and address the root causes of forced migration.

“As a Catholic organization accompanying our brothers and sisters in Central America and at the U.S.-Mexico border, we know the awful impacts the terrible proposal under consideration will have on the vulnerable,” said Dylan Corbett, Executive Director of the Hope Border Institute. “This approach will harm people seeking safety and generate unnecessary challenges at the border. It is time for Congress and the White House to learn from faith communities working hard to welcome newcomers and enact real solutions to humanely manage the border and uphold the rule of law.”

“These unprecedented proposed changes would place asylum seekers in jeopardy and not stop migration to the US over the long-term,” said Kevin Appleby, Senior Fellow for Policy at the Center for Migration Studies. “Our elected officials should work in a bipartisan manner to reform the entire US immigration system, which they have neglected for decades, and address the push factors driving people to flee their countries. Enforcement-only measures, which Congress has deployed over the past forty years, will cause undue human suffering and ultimately fail.”

“As Congress continues to debate a supplemental funding package, the rights and protections of the most vulnerable, including asylum seekers, must not be compromised,” said Giulia McPherson, Vice President of Advocacy at Jesuit Refugee Service/USA. “We call on policymakers to support critical overseas humanitarian assistance while also ensuring that those who arrive at our borders are afforded the opportunity to seek protection, safely and humanely.”

The Hope Border Institute (HOPE) brings the perspective of Catholic social teaching to bear on the realities unique to our US-Mexico border region. Through a robust program of research and policy work, leadership development and action, we work to build justice and deepen solidarity across the borderlands. Learn more at www.hopeborder.org.