"Love Knows No Borders" Migrant Justice Week of Action ~ December 10 – 18th
The UCC National Collaborative on Immigration is partnering with AFSC (American Friends Service Committee) to shine a light at the border. Actions begin on International Human Rights Day (12/10) and end on International Migrants Day (12/18). In San Diego, people of faith will be doing a direct and prayerful actionat the border, grounded in requests from the local immigrant and faith communities.
Faith communities across the country are invited to host echo actions to keep the vision and demands of border communities and people seeking safety and refuge at the forefront. As Congress readies to vote this week on budget priorities that will impact our brothers and sisters who are migrants on both sides of the border:
Together we’ll create a moral grounding for this important conversation and demand our elected officials take the needed steps to honor the human rights and dignity of our family at the border. We’ll ask them to:
Respect the human right to migrate and seek asylum: People fleeing violence in Central America and elsewhere should be able to present themselves to immigration authorities to express their fears – not illegally turned away or criminalized for entering between ports of entry.
End border militarization: Deploying additional law enforcement, immigration enforcement agencies, or military personnel to the southern border – or giving additional spending authority to these agencies – endangers the rights of migrants and residents of border communities, wastes taxpayer dollars, and does nothing to make us safer. Listen to border communities; revitalize, don’t militarize their communities.
End immigrant detention and deportation and defund ICE and CBP: Tens of thousands of people are held each night in deadly and sometimes indefinite detention by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Hundreds of thousands are deported each year, separating families and destroying communities. As a step toward ending this abuse, we must defund ICE and CBP.
From the UCC National Collaborative on Immigration/AFSC
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