Now it is time for us to act! The Trump Administration is proposing a rule change which would, in essence, END the Asylum Process for anyone trying to enter the U.S.A. for asylum protection. We hope that Congress will work together to protect asylees and those seeking safety and refuge in our nation.
The Catholic Legal Immigration Network explains that the proposed rule [change] by the administration “would allow judges to decide cases before people have had the chance to present their full case in court and deny asylum for reasons that have nothing to do with the need for protection. It raises the standards for the initial border interview impossibly high and gives adjudicators discretion to deny asylum applications on legal grounds that courts are currently reviewing and are not yet final. It also ends asylum for those fleeing violence from intimate partners and family members, gangs and other non-state actors. Instead of the typical 60-day comment period, the administration is only allowing 30 days, seeking to execute its cruel and deadly plan as quickly as possible.” Read more information and watch a webinar about the proposed rule change.
TAKE ACTION through the following two (2) actions:
1. Public comment opportunity: all comments must be submitted by July 15
Government officials are legally required to read and review every public comment offered regarding a proposed rule or policy, before a proposed change can go into effect. Instead of the standard 60-day public comment period, the administration is trying to push this devastating rule through as quickly as possible by only offering a 30-day window. To slow the implementation of this proposed rule change, a huge number of UNIQUE public comments must be submitted by or before July 15. We strongly encourage you to make the comment your own. By or before 12 p.m. CST, Wednesday, July 15, submit your own personalized comment.
2. Call your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative at their local office. Find the number for your U.S. Senator and your U.S. Representative.
Reach out to members of Congress from July 14-16 to advocate for protecting the Asylum process and the human right for asylees to seek protection.
PLEASE COMPLETE THESE ACTIONS BY or BEFORE: July 16, 2020
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet encourage a series of action items that individuals and communities can take part in to act against racism and police brutality.
Now it is time for us to act! There are two bills currently being considered in Congress: the Justice in Policing Act and the Justice Act. There is merit to portions of each bill. We hope that Congress will be able to collaborate to bring equal justice to all.
Advocate to dismantle discrimination and racism, reform policing, and create unity and a more just world for all. Click here to download our talking points about the bills.
We invite you to take any of several actions:
1. Call your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative
Share a version of this message:
I am asking you to support the Justice in Policing Act introduced into the House of Representatives (HR 7120) and as Senate bill (SR 3912). Black lives in the United States have been under attack for too long. This is wrong; every human life is sacred and valuable and racism is a sin. Justice cannot wait. Please act quickly to pass this needed legislation.
We need to support a police culture in which officers act as guardians of public safety, seek to de-escalate violent and potentially violent situations, and use force as a last resort only and not until other means of de-escalation have been exhausted.
I support making these crucial reforms to combat racial bias and excessive force by officers of the law:
· Banning the use of chokeholds and other tactics that have killed people, particularly Black men.
· Eliminating federal programs that provide military equipment to law enforcement.
· Prohibiting the use of no-knock warrants.
· Ending the qualified immunity doctrine that prevents police from being held legally accountable when they break the law.
· Making lynching a federal crime.
· Helping prevent police misconduct in the first place by increasing data on police-community encounters and law enforcement activities, racial profiling, use of force, deaths during police encounters, leading to transparency, and ultimately to important modifications to training and practices.
Please support this legislation and help us create a more just society where Black lives truly do matter.
2. Email your U.S. Senators and U.S. Representative
Use Network Lobby’s email system to send your legislators a pre-written email. Click here to use their system now.
3. Take a minute to let us know whom you contacted
4. Join a virtual meeting with your U.S. Senator
We know passing this bill is going to be contingent on the goodwill of Senators. Carondelet provinces Justice Office/JPIC coordinators for each province are taking the lead in connecting people who want to participate in these virtual visits, so please contact your local CSJ Justice Office or JPIC person. For those outside of Carondelet: we are encouraging you to also contact your Senator to request a virtual visit on this issue.
5. Write a letter to the editor
Thank you for ALL your recent advocacy efforts:
1. Continue Advocacy for DACA Youth
Continue to contact your elected officials in Congress TODAY asking for their support for DACA youth and to pass clean DREAM Act bi-partisan legislation. There are many ways to get involved with additional actions with the CSJ Immigration Task Group.
2. COVID-19 Pandemic Advocacy Actions
The CSJ Community’s Justice Commission is committed to putting our faith into action by educating, advocating, partnering, and acting for justice leading to systemic change in communion especially with our “dear neighbor.” There are many, many ways, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, that we continue to raise our voices and take action for justice leading to systemic change at this important time, including:
I. Advocating with our elected officials in the MN Legislative Special Session for COVID-19 relief funding. Contact your state legislators and the MN Congressional delegation to urge them to include critical options services and emergency funding for ALL our most vulnerable Minnesotans including our people experiencing homelessness, for the most vulnerable elderly, undocumented dear neighbors, for those incarcerated, for those who have lost employment, and those dear neighbors living in poverty.
II. Advocating with Congress for the next National COVID-19 Relief Package ensuring that ALL people will be provided with COVID-19 testing and treatment, including immigrant communities, regardless of immigration status, and ensuring that emergency Medicaid covers testing and treatment.
III. Ensuring that ALL people, especially immigrant children regardless of immigration status, can remain healthy and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic through a petition to the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) – a group within the Department of Health & Human Services – holds some 3,600 unaccompanied immigrant children in largely for-profit shelters. CBSNews confirmed on March 26 that 3 children at an Immigrant ORR shelter in NY have been confirmed COVID-19 positive. Time is of the essence in demanding the release of these kids from detention.
3. Anti-Human Trafficking postcard signing
Thank you for everyone that sent postcards to Sysco Corporation as a part of the Nationwide Coalition of Catholic Organizations Against Human Trafficking throughout the Lenten Season.