Every year around Thanksgiving, my wife and I watch an episode of the West Wing called "Shibboleth." I watch it partly because I'm a huge civic's nerd, but partly because it reminds me of some of the reasons why we do what we do here at World Relief. It's a fictionalized account of true events that happened up and down the West Coast in 2000. Those events spurred the founding of our own Immigration Detention Ministry.
When people find out I work with refugees and asylees, two things almost always happen. One...they say something like, "That must be so rewarding." (It definitely is, even with all the challenges in the field of immigration). Two...they then ask, "How can I get involved, how can I help?"
Now, obviously volunteering is a great way to start, but I know not everyone can do that, so here are the three things everyone can do no matter where they are.
***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***
November 9, 2018
World Relief Responds to President Trump’s Asylum Announcement, Urges Caution
Baltimore, Md. – World Relief is deeply concerned by President Trump’s announcement this morning that the administration has signed a proclamation to significantly restrict the opportunity to request asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border.
Our asylum laws — which were designed to ensure that the United States should never allow someone who has a credible fear of persecution to be returned to a situation of violence or even death — are under threat and must be respected.
Karla* didn’t know where her 13-year-old daughter was for 25 days. When she was being separated from their kids, their 6-year-old girl didn’t want to let go. Holding back tears, she shared her traumatic journey with World Relief staff and volunteers. She did this while sitting in the AIDNW Welcome Center only a few feet outside the fence of the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, WA where she had just been released.
By now you have probably heard of immigrant families being separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. Given the complex environment, we have set up a national "Family Reunification Fund" which will give us flexibility to respond as the situation changes.
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