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Granger Releases Border Crisis Working Group Recommendations

WASHINGTON, DC (July 23, 2014) – Congresswoman Kay Granger (TX-12), Chairwoman of the House Working Group to address the national security and humanitarian crisis at the southern border, issued the following statement announcing the group’s recommendations and solutions.

“This morning, I presented to the House GOP Conference the recommendations of Speaker Boehner’s working group. I am proud of the set of recommendations and solutions that the working group has crafted over the last few weeks. These recommendations reflect the immediate crisis this country faces by providing common-sense, compassionate, but tough solutions.

“Our focus has been to ensure the safety of the children and it has remained a top priority throughout this process. In our personal meetings with the Presidents of Honduras and Guatemala they both stated that they wanted their children back, and we believe that is in the best interest of all the countries involved in this crisis. We look forward to working with these countries as they prepare to receive their children back. Read more.

300+ Faith Groups Urge President and Congress to Protect Unaccompanied Children
Urgent faith letter delivered as Congress considers rolling back critical legal protections for children

WASHINGTON, D.C, (July 23, 2014)— Today, more than 300 faith-based organizations delivered a letter to President Barack Obama and Members of Congress urging protection, care and legal counsel for the thousands of Central American children who have fled escalating violence, conflict and exploitation in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

Forty national faith organizations alongside 269 regional and local groups from 42 states wrote:

We strongly object to proposals to detain families with children and any move to roll back the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) in order to effect expeditious deportations. Forcibly and hurriedly returning people in need of international protection back to the dangerous situations they fled without adequate due process would undermine our obligations under international law and our position as a global humanitarian leader and would be a moral disgrace.

The letter articulates clear policy recommendations for Congress and the Administration and calls for:

  • Strengthening the humanitarian response in the U.S.
  • Legal counsel for all unaccompanied children
  • No roll backs to the provisions of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008 relating to unaccompanied children
  • Cost-effective community-based alternatives to detention
  • Adequate services for children, refugees and all groups under the care of the Office of Refugee Resettlement

In addition, the faith groups urge that the U.S. government must also address the root causes of the crisis faced by children in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. The letter calls for increased regional programs to reduce poverty, lack of opportunity, and violence so that children and families can live free from fear in their home countries.

This letter follows a petition on unaccompanied children now signed by more than 4,400 people of faith that was hand-delivered to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.

Read the letter: http://bit.ly/uac-faith-letter

Faith-based immigration and refugee experts are available for additional interviews.

Contact: Sidney Traynham, straynham@cwsglobal.org, 703-909-6934

Organize for Justice and Dignity on International Migrants’ Day

Endorse the Call for U.S. Ratification of the UN Migrant Workers Convention

December 9, 2013

Friends,

December 18 will be celebrated around the world as International Migrants’ Day.

migrants dayPlease join us in organizing activities to call for Justice and Dignity for ALL migrants in the U.S. and globally. This year, we encourage organizers to lift up our demands for an end to the detention and deportation of undocumented immigrants, and for a halt and rollback of border militarization.

Immigration reform remains stalled in Congress–but even with passage of some form of present proposals, many immigrants, especially those who would qualify for a legalization program, will remain vulnerable to punitive immigration enforcement policies and practices.

The challenge to secure rights-based policies and practices remains at the forefront of our movement.

In the coming days we will be asking for your support in our annual International Migrants’ Day statement and call to action. This year, we want to emphasize the need for relief for immigrant communities from the threat of detention, deportation and separation of families. President Obama, despite his denials, does have the authority to act to suspend these punitive practices.

Please take these actions:

1) Add your organization’s name to the pledge of support for U.S. ratification of the Migrant Workers Convention. This is part of our ongoing initiative to emphasize the importance of U.S. acknowledgement and respect for the human rights of migrants. Click here for more information about the Convention.

2) Click here to Add your individual name to the pledge of support for ratification of the Migrant Workers Convention.

3) Check out our informational page on International Migrants Day, including background information, downloadable flyers in English and Spanish, and more resources to help you organize your IMD activities.