Yesterday the Trump administration announced the deployment of more than 5,000 troops to the U.S.-Mexico border. In El Paso and other ports of entry, border agents have been seen in riot gear conducting exercises.
People fleeing violence in Central America should be able to seek asylum in this “land of liberty.” And deploying more troops to our southern border only endangers lives and puts all of our rights at risk – at enormous taxpayer expense.
AFSC works in Guatemala, El Salvador, Mexico, and dozens of U.S. cities and towns, including at the U.S.-Mexico border. Our team has traveled with the migrant caravan and is on the ground in the region now, assessing where our expertise and resources can make the greatest difference. We have also been convening faith and human rights groups in the U.S. to develop a visible, moral response to this human rights emergency.
We are developing plans to:
Amidst the harassment and threats of detention that migrants face on their journey, we have been inspired to see people along the caravan’s route respond with generosity and compassion. I have no doubt that our community will do the same.
P.S. My colleagues and I will be following up shortly with more about our efforts and how you can get involved in being a voice for change. Thank you once again for considering a gift to support this work!
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