Read our statement on why the U.S. must keep our doors open to asylum seekers.

Dear Kevin,

Yesterday it was reported that President Trump is threatening to close our Southern border to Central American asylum seekers. This action would be illegal.

Read our statement on why the U.S. must keep our doors open to asylum seekers.

As widely reported in the news, a group of Central Americans is currently traveling through Mexico. Some have sought asylum in Mexico; others hope to reach the U.S. border to seek safety and protection from persecution.

This is not a crisis for the United States. Our government has the capacity to fairly and humanely process all those in this group who reach our border and apply for asylum. The men, women and children who have undertaken this journey have varied reasons for leaving their homes and their countries, but nobody takes a risk like they have without a reason. High murder rates, pervasive sexual violence, and gang recruitment have made life in the Northern Triangle of Central America unliveable for many.

Seeking asylum is a fundamental human right, one which is enshrined in both U.S. and international law. When people arrive at our border and legally apply for asylum, the U.S. must grant access to a fair process.

In the days and weeks ahead, HIAS and the American Jewish community will continue to stand up for the rights of asylum seekers, and to oppose fear-based policies that cause unnecessary pain and suffering. We know that with more displaced people in the world than at any point in recorded history, we have a responsibility to help those seeking safety, freedom, and a chance at a future.  

Mark Hetfield Mark HetfieldMelanie Nezer
Senior Vice President,
Public Affairs


P.S. HIAS is dramatically increasing our work to provide critical services to asylum seekers. Please consider supporting this effort through a contribution.

About eslkevin

I am a peace educator who has taken time to teach and work in countries such as the USA, Germany, Japan, Nicaragua, Mexico, the UAE, Kuwait, Oman over the past 4 decades.
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