Senator Lindsey Graham’s anti-asylum bill (S. 1494) seeks to essentially gut asylum protections in the United States and roll back humanitarian protections for asylum seekers. This is all happening under the guise of “deterrence” but it is all part of a well-oiled machine meant to encourage harsh enforcement techniques and not resolve any of the real issues causing the border crisis, which are the violence plaguing immigrant countries of origin and the criminalization of the process of immigration. We can stop this from happening but we need your help.
This bill is catastrophic for those seeking refuge in the United States and particularly for children. RAICES and other humanitarian organizations including Human Rights First, International Rescue Committee, The Immigration Hub, and the Center for American Progress have already voiced strong opposition to this legislation that seeks to undermine both the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) and the Flores settlement meant to help create more humane asylum policies.
The Campaign for Children voiced their opposition in an open letter:
As an organization committed to the health and safety of all children in the United States we are extremely concerned with the attempts of both Congress and the Administration to undermine vital protections for children such as the Flores Settlement Agreement and the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) to allow for the prolonged detention of children and immediate repatriation of unaccompanied children to dangerous situations.