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I STAND WITH ASYLUM-SEEKERS

Tell your Senator: Vote NO on the harmful spending bill

The Senate is preparing to vote on a spending bill that will drastically harm asylum seekers and refugees. The bill uses vulnerable populations as a bargaining chip, with serious impacts on the rights of those fleeing violence and persecution. It will expose children traveling alone to dangerous situations, set new limits on the ability of individuals to seek protection, and eliminate children’s rights under current law. We need you to call Congress today to oppose this harmful bill. To add insult to injury, this bill does nothing to provide a permanent solution for Dreamers and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders whose lives—and those of their families—have been unfairly tossed around like a political football.

This is one more step furthering the Administration’s systematic policy of denying safe haven to vulnerable people: it only increases their suffering and does nothing to address the reasons they were forced to flee in the first place. From the asylum ban to the closure of ports of entry, and most recently the shocking use of tear gas including against children, the Administration has turned away from America’s historical leadership in providing safety to the most vulnerable.

Another path is possible. We stand in solidarity with 800,000 federal workers now struggling without pay. The Senate should pass a clean proposal to open the government that doesn’t trade on the backs of the most vulnerable, and upholds our legacy of humanitarian leadership.

That’s why we need you to speak up today.

Based on the IRC's experience in the region, the fears of persecution among those fleeing Central America’s Northern Triangle are very real. Current levels of violence there are akin to those in the world’s deadliest war zones—and continue to increase. Our teams in El Salvador are delivering emergency relief services. In the U.S., our teams are providing essential case management services to asylum seekers.

Congress needs to hear from you today. Let your Senator know that you oppose this harmful bill and support a clean proposal to reopen the federal government.

Here’s what to say:

Hello, my name is ____ and I am a constituent from ____. I am calling to ask the Senator to vote against the immigration and border wall proposals that will drastically harm asylum seekers and refugees. The Senator should support a clean proposal to open the government. Thank you.

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