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ADVOCACY & POLICY

 

WE SUPPORT POSITIVE REFUGEE & ASYLUM SEEKER LEGISLATION

 

The GRACE (Guaranteed Refugee Admissions Ceiling Enhancement) Act (H.R.2237, Senate introduction forthcoming)

which would set a minimum annual refugee admissions goal of 125,000 and mandate quarterly reports on refugee admissions, increasing government transparency, accountability, and oversight. Sponsors: Senator Markey (D-MA) and Representatives Lofgren (DCA-19) and Neguse (D-CO-2)  

The Refugee Protection Act (S. 2936, reintroduction forthcoming)

which would restore and strengthen the refugee resettlement program and asylum protections. Sponsors: Senator Leahy (D-VT) and Representative Lofgren (D-CA-19)

 

The Lady Liberty Act (H.R.977)

which would set a minimum annual refugee admissions goal of 125,000. Sponsor: Representative Connolly (D-VA-11)  

 

The NO BAN Act (H.R. 1333)

which would prevent future discriminatory travel bans, like the refugee, Muslim, African, and asylum bans - and prohibit religionbased discrimination against any immigrant or nonimmigrant visa applicant. Sponsor: Representative Chu (D-CA-27)

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Asylum seekers are entitled to due process and dignity. Congress must call on the Biden administration to end the misuse of public health laws and restore the right to asylum by ending Title 42

PROKID Act (H.R.1238, S. 382)

which would provide a stronger layer of oversight to ensure transparency, protection, and accountability for immigrant children in government custody. Sponsors: Sen. Gillibrand (D-NY) and Rep. Jayapal (D-WA-7)  

 

Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act (H.R. 2222, Senate introduction forthcoming)

which addresses conditions in immigration detention facilities. Sponsors: Sen. Booker (D-NJ) and Rep. Jayapal (D-WA-7)    

 

FAIR Proceedings Act (S. 901)

which provide attorneys in immigration proceedings for children; people with disabilities; victims of abuse, torture, and violence; and people at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level. Sponsor: Sen. Gillibrand (D-NY) 

Families Belong Together Act (reintroduction forthcoming)

which would grant permanent resident status to certain families who were separated by the Department of Homeland Security. Sponsors: Sen. Blumenthal (D-CT) and Rep. Castro (D-TX-20)  

Shut Down Family Detention Act (H.R. 1069)

which would prohibit the Department of Health and Human Services from operating unlicensed temporary emergency shelters for unaccompanied alien children, including the previously operational shelter in Tornillo, Texas, and the shelter in Homestead, Florida

WE SUPPORT POSITIVE IMMIGRATION LEGISLATION

 

U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021  (H.R. 140)
which would limit birthright citizenship by redefining what it means to be subject to the jurisdiction of the United States. Currently, a person born in the United States and subject to U.S. jurisdiction is entitled to citizenship. Under the bill, a person is subject to U.S. jurisdiction if he or she is born to a parent who is (1) a U.S. citizen or national, (2) a lawful permanent resident residing in the United States, or (3) an alien performing active service in the Armed Forces. The bill does not affect the citizenship or nationality status of any person born before the bill's enactment date.

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Asylum seekers are entitled to due process and dignity. Congress must call on the Biden administration to end the misuse of public health laws and restore the right to asylum by ending Title 42. Add your name to our letter. We will send it to your local member of Congress.

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Rabbi Aaron Brusso, Armando Rojas Jr., Armando Rojas, and Bet Torah congregants Linda Dishner and Mike Kraus in Tijuana, Mexico. The group went to Tijuana in April to accompany Armando Rojas back to the American border so he could seek asylum in the U.S. Rojas had been deported by ICE to Mexico after living and working in America for more than twenty years. Rojas was eventually readmitted into the United States, but it was not easy getting him back. 

 

Photo courtesy of Rabbi Aaron Brusso from Congregation Bet Torah in Mount Kisco

Tell Congress to protect the rights of asylum seekers and end Title 42 at the border