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Stand with Asylum Seekers

Tell your Senators: End the National Emergency

After the longest government shutdown in U.S. history failed to deliver funding for the Wall, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency on February 15, manufacturing a crisis and putting asylum seekers in the middle. The reality, however, is clear: There is no national emergency at the border. In fact, the number of irregular border crossings, as reflected in Customs and Border Patrol’s own statistics, are the lowest they’ve been in decades. This reality informed the House of Representatives as they voted for a “Resolution of Disapproval” to end the national emergency. The Senate is due to vote on the same resolution in the coming days.

Tell your Senators that you stand with asylum seekers and don’t buy the hype about a national emergency. They need to vote yes and end this manufactured crisis.

As the International Rescue Committee sees firsthand every day in our work on the ground, the true crisis is the instability in Central America that has forced people to flee for their lives, coupled with the administration’s systematic attacks on these same vulnerable individuals. In particular, violence in the Northern Triangle countries of Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador is amongst some of the worst in the world outside of an active war zone. Based on the IRC's experience in the region, the fears of persecution among those fleeing Central America’s Northern Triangle are very real. These people have fled their homes, often in caravans for safety, to seek safety, only to find themselves exposed to more danger and uncertainty by this administration’s policies.

Rather than finding safe haven, vulnerable people have found themselves forcibly returned to Mexico as part of the “Remain in Mexico” policy, separated from their families, and blocked from claiming asylum. Seeking asylum is legal. Turning away asylum seekers is not.

Your Senator can stand with asylum seekers and vulnerable populations today by voting yes to terminate this manufactured emergency. We must uphold America’s humanitarian commitments by offering safe haven, not turning people away under the guise of a manufactured emergency.

We need you to act.

Calling your Senator is a crucial way to show your support. Here’s what to say:

Hello, my name is ____ and I am a constituent from ____. I am calling to ask the Senator to vote yes on the Resolution of Disapproval. I stand with asylum seekers and vulnerable populations who should be allowed to seek asylum in compliance with U.S. and international law. I expect the Senator to do the same. Thank you.

Your call can make a difference. The Senate needs to know that our community of activists is dedicated to supporting asylum seekers and protecting vulnerable people from persecution.

Photo credit: Donna Burton for CBP Photography