Take Action for Immigrants and Refugees
Several items in the news highlight the need to take action for immigrants and refugees this week:
- Children remain in detention facilities months after the family separation policy ended. 140 children are still detained, including 117 children whose parents were deported without them.
- Asylum seekers are waiting weeks for initial interviews and waiting months for determinations about their cases. This wait was cited among the factors leading to the use of tear gas at the US-Mexico border over the weekend.
- Citizenship wait times have also increased.
- HIAS offers a number of ways to take action:
- Join a HIAS briefing call on November 28 at 2pm EST for an overview of the current issues facing refugees and asylum seekers, and the ways you can get involved in taking action. RSVP required.
- Talking points to use with Congress
- Other action steps are available at https://www.hias.org/take-action
- Welcoming America offers a series of actions you can take with elected officials and in your own community
- United We Dream offers a number of toolkits to support protection and inclusion of immigrant communities.