Petition update

Two bills introduced in Congress to make U.S. immigration system more humane and fair

Kids In Need of Defense

Jul 9, 2019 — 

Immigrant and refugee children being held in horrendous conditions in detention in Clint, Texas, a father and his 23-month-old daughter drowning while trying to seek safety in the United States, almost 15,000 people being sent from the United States to Mexico to wait in dangerous and squalid conditions for their chance to make their claim for asylum in the U.S…

How can we make the U.S. immigration system more humane and fair, and address the root causes forcing children and families to flee Central America?

Good news: two recent bills introduced in Congress would do just this.

The Northern Triangle and Border Stabilization Act of 2019 (HR 3524), introduced by Representative Zoe Lofgren with 27 co-sponsors, would require better treatment of children detained at the border, including by setting standards for CBP facilities and directing the hiring of child welfare professionals; expand pathways to apply for refugee status from Central America; and invest in addressing the root causes of migration from Central America.

The Central American Women and Children Protection Act of 2019 (S.1781), introduced by Senators Marco Rubio and Robert Menendez with additional co-sponsors, would address and prevent violence against women and children in Central America by improving the safety of communities, increasing safe access to appropriate support services for victims of violence, and strengthening the capacity of criminal justice and civil protection systems and personnel to respond to violence against women and children.

These bills will help ensure that 

  • children do not suffer again as they have in Clint, Texas
  • children and families can apply for U.S. protection from their countries of origin so they do not have to make the life-threatening journey to the U.S.
  • communities and schools in Central America will be safer for women and children
  • children alone and families fleeing domestic, gang, or drug violence will have access to security; and
  • perpetrators of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse and neglect will be held accountable.

Please call your Members of Congress to request that they support legislation that addresses conditions facing children and families and improves safety in Central America, expands ways for children and families to apply for U.S. protection while in their home countries, ensures the protection of children in detention in the U.S., and provides fair access to the U.S. border. 

Please click here to enter in your address and find your Representative and Senators. The tool will then provide you with their phone numbers.

Please call them and say:

Hello, my name is XX and I am from XX. I’m calling to urge Rep. XX to co-sponsor and support The Northern Triangle Border and Stabilization Act of 2019 (H.R. 3524) 

Hello, my name is XX and I am from XX. I’m calling to urge Senator XX to co-sponsor and support The Central American Women and Children Protection Act of 2019 (S.1781).

These bills will ensure that we have an immigration system that is humane and fair, and that we are addressing the root causes of migration – the only real solution to our immigration issues. 

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