END REMAIN IN MEXICO POLICY

In January 2019, the Department of Homeland Security issued new policy guidance for “Migrant Protection Protocols.”

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 people of faith, 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 Ignatian Solidarity Network joins the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (including bishops on the U.S.-Mexico border) in opposing 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.

OUR MESSAGE TO DHS SECRETARY KIRSTJEN NIELSEN

As a person of faith, I believe in protecting the God-given dignity of every human being, including in regards to those seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border. 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 themselves 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 “Remain in Mexico” policy be discontinued, I also 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.

I join fellow members of the Ignatian Solidarity Network, a member of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Justice for Immigrants Campaign, in asking that you act in the spirit of human dignity and revoke the “Remain in Mexico” policy without delay.

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