January 12, 2024: families who flee danger and persecution in their homeland should find refuge and acceptance in other countries.
Dear Ones: This reflection comes with a link to sign a letter to our Senators in Washington: Please read the reflection and fill out the petition you'll find by using the link below:
Asylum protects people seeking safety, we must save it!
Shortly after Jesus's birth, when the Holy Family (Jesus and his parents, Mary and Joseph) should have been focused on recovering from a long journey and healing from the birth of their newborn. But they were unable to rest easily. Joseph learned that Baby Jesus, like all boys under two years old in Israel, was marked for death by King Herod.
The Holy Family fled Israel under cover of night, crossed an international border, and found refuge in Egypt.
The Holy Family's search for safety and security offers a universal message for all people of good will today: families who flee danger and persecution in their homeland should find refuge and acceptance in other countries.
The U.S. asylum process faces significant threats from extremists bent on blocking immigrants from seeking refuge and a new life in our country. Congress is considering changes to asylum and immigration laws. Can you imagine the fate of the Holy Family if Egypt had closed its borders as they sought asylum?
Some in Congress are exploiting immigrant communities by proposing extreme anti-asylum measures in exchange for increased funding for increased funding for foreign military aid. Traditionally, moderate members of Congress have rebutted such proposals, but some are now considering extremist calls to gut asylum and adversely alter a process that is a key feature of U.S. democracy.
These dangerous changes would:
Eliminate, or curtail, humanitarian parole, which would take away presidential powers to respond to international crises, like the war in Ukraine
Permanently keep the Title 42 expulsion policy in place as law
Deport people without due process
This will alter the very fabric of our democracy, and these changes will not make us safer. Even more, they will not resolve any immigration issue. Please complete the action alert to send your Senators a message. Let them know you want to protect the U.S. asylum process!