I Really Do Care, Do You?

Take Action to stop Trump’s Zero Tolerance policy and discriminatory travel ban. 

The effects of the administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy have been immediate and tragic. Asylum seekers denied access to protection. Children taken from their parents and held in cages. People prosecuted for seeking asylum.Although Trump has signed an order stopping his policy of separating families, the humanitarian crisis at the border is far from over. Trump has declared that refugees entering America be sent back ‘immediately’, without trial and Attorney General Sessions announced that victims of gang violence and domestic violence will no longer be eligible for asylum.

To add insult to injury, the Supreme Court ruled today to uphold Trump’s discriminatory travel ban.  As Ryan Mace, Grassroots Advocacy & Refugee Specialist at Amnesty International USA, stated:

“This hateful policy is a catastrophe all around – not only for those who simply want to travel, work, or study here in the States, but for those seeking safety from violence as well. While this decision doesn’t address the separate and equally harmful ban on refugees, it cruelly traps people in conflict-afflicted countries and prevents them from seeking safety in the U.S. or being reunited with family. Some of the people banned from this policy are fleeing conflicts that the United States has had a direct hand in creating or perpetuating, as is the case in Yemen and Syria. In those cases especially we are essentially lighting a house on fire and locking the escape door shut. This ban, and the anti-Muslim sentiment in which it originated, has no place in a country that claims to value human rights.”

ZERO TOLERANCE = NO CHANCE FOR ASYLUM

It used to be rare to charge migrants seeking asylum with crimes but now those crossing the border seeking safety are finding themselves charged with the crime of “illegal entry” and held in detention centers where they are shackled and eventually shuffled into mass trials (see photo below). Public defenders only have minutes to meet with each of the defendants. When a judge asks a question, the entire room must often answer in unison to save time and then the defendants are frequently found guilty en masse.

mass trialThe Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy has led to more mass trials like this one in a federal courthouse in Pecos, Texas.

Meanwhile, there are still thousands of children who have been given no expectation of being reunited with their parents. The effects of these misguided policies are unacceptable and go against the protections provided by the U.S. Constitution and international law.

YOU CAN HELP!

Call Congress today. Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to be connected to your senators and representative.

  • Seeking asylum is not illegal. It’s a human right protected by international treaty and U.S. statute. People should not be turned back on bridges without a chance to be heard.
  • Prosecution of asylum seekers violates international law. Sessions’ “zero-tolerance” prosecutions must end.
  • Separating families and caging children is wrong. It violates the Constitution and human decency. Children must be reunited with their families.

RESOURCES

>> Take Action Ideas 
>> List of Organization
>> Teaching Resources by Teaching Tolerance 
>> Solidarity Action Toolkit for Teachers by Amnesty International

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