Urge Congress to end the administration’s policy of prosecuting asylum seekers, which is a direct violation of their rights under U.S. and international law. Congress should also move to immediately reunify children who have been separated from their parents under the administration’s policy.
Background: On May 7, the Trump administration formalized a policy of forcibly separating immigrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. President Trump’s executive order on June 20 to reverse this decision was a step in the right direction, but falls far short of what is needed. Rather than ending the practice of detaining immigrants, the new order says that parents and children will be held together in family detention. In addition, it is not clear that the children who have already been separated will be reunited with their parents.
Faith reflection: In Matthew 18, Jesus said, “Take care that you do not despise one of these little ones; for, I tell you, in heaven their angels continually see the face of my Father … So it is not the will of your Father in heaven that one of these little ones should be lost.”