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How and where our new – and future - neighbors need your help.

Beyond donating, we need your voices. Act with us to create an inclusive community of well-being where people thrive. You, like us, are motivated by a belief in the inherent dignity of all humans. Continue to advance equity, inclusion, and social justice with LSSNCA.

Afghanistan

Provide Afghan Allies with a clear legal path to residency with an Afghan Adjustment Act. 

The humanitarian parole status thousands of Afghans received to enter the United States doesn't provide a way for them to apply for legal permanent residency. They’re stuck in immigration limbo. A bipartisan Afghan Adjustment Act was introduced in both the Senate and House of Representatives, creating a potential pathway to legal permanent residency. 

Right now, tens of thousands of Afghan Allies have only months to file for asylum in order to legally stay in the country long-term. Waits for pro bono immigration attorneys average six months. Individuals have one year from arrival in the U.S. to apply for asylum, and without a pathway to citizenship this is now their only option. When Allies do apply, they will be placed at the back of the line, behind hundreds of thousands of other applications regardless if they were eligible for a Special Immigration Visa (SIV), which provides a path to U.S. citizenship, or not. Volunteer at our pro se asylum clinics - no experience needed

Encourage your senators and representatives to support the bipartisan Afghan Adjustment Act to ensure a way to apply for legal immigration status for permanent residency in the United States.


Reach the Refugee Ceiling by October 1

It's critical we continue calling on Congress to hold President Biden accountable to set a refugee admissions goal of 200,000 in FY 2023, to commit to a robust investment in the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (USRAP), pass the Afghan Adjustment Act so that our new Afghan neighbors have an opportunity to apply to become lawful permanent residents, and ensure a full restoration of asylum protections and reject all anti-asylum proposals.

Take action

  1. Meet With and Contact Your Members of CongressClick here to urge your Members of Congress to welcome refugees and rebuild the U.S. Resettlement Program. To set up in-person or virtual legislative visits with your 2 Senators and 1 Representative, check out the August recess toolkit how-to guide.
  2. Urge Your State and Local Leaders to Support Refugees: Tell your governors, state legislators, and local elected leaders to sign onto this letter calling on President Biden to meet his commitment to resettle refugees, and in the upcoming fiscal year by ensuring that the resettlement program is sufficiently resourced and responsive to emergent humanitarian needs. The deadline to sign the letter is August 29, 2022. Contact outreach@refugeeadvocacylab.org with any questions. You can contact your state and local leaders by clicking here.
  3. Amplify on Social Media: Share this message with your senators and representatives on social media! Here are some sample posts:

           We must #WelcomeWithDignity and ensure that unaccompanied children are safe, housed and cared for. #StopExpulsions                     #EndTitle42 

           Join us in making sure the US continues its welcoming legacy and resettles #refugees. #RefugeesWelcome

           [@legislator], I'm calling on you to hold the administration accountable. Let's be the leader in welcoming our refugee neighbors            and help them thrive in their new homes! #RefugeesWelcome


Title 42

Call for asylum-seekers to safely wait for their hearings in the United States.  

Title 42 continues to be in the news despite the Biden Administration and CDC announcing it was to be repealed in May 2022. Title 42 removes adults seeking asylum in the United States and sends them to Mexico or the country they are fleeing after filing for asylum and passing a credible fear interview, while they await adjudication. The policy is a holdover from the Trump Administration preventing at-risk individuals from seeking asylum safely and lawfully in the U.S. and puts their lives in peril. The policy also separates families during an already incredibly traumatic and vulnerable period as children are exempt. Title 42 has been challenged in court several times over its unlawfulness. With the easing of COVID restrictions nationally, and an increase in vaccinations available at the U.S. border crossings, this unfounded policy should not be allowed to continue.


Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP)

Call for asylum-seekers to safely wait for their hearings in the United States. 

You may recognize the more common term for the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), “Remain in Mexico.” The Remain in Mexico program removes people who are seeking asylum in the United States and expels them to Mexico. On June 30, 2022, the Supreme Court ruled that the Biden Administration could terminate the policy. We call on the Biden Administration to do so swiftly, and to set policies and procedures in place to ensure the safety of those seeking asylum at our border. MPP is a Trump Administration holdover that causes more harm by denying vulnerable individuals the right to stay in the U.S. while awaiting their asylum approval. Individuals are sent back from the U.S. to wait in Mexico while their asylum request is processed and reviewed by an immigration judge. This can take years. LSSNCA has worked with dozens of individuals who languished in these border towns as they were subjected to physical and sexual violence, kidnaped for ransom, and other dangerous, and often racially motivated, assaults. Rather than providing a safe haven and starting to ease post-traumatic stress the Remain in Mexico program only incites it further, and creates more traumas and mental health setbacks. Remain in Mexico has rightfully been challenged in court over its legality under international law as the U.S. is a signatory of the Convention and Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees, and U.S. laws such as the Immigration and Nationality Act which lays out the fair process due while immigration cases are adjudicated.


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