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Family seaking asylum at the US Mexico boarder near Tijuana-23rd. November 2018. Image shared under a Creative Commons By Attribution licensed by Daniel Arauz via flickr.
Faith Groups Outraged As Biden Expands the Trump Era Banson Asylum
February 09, 2023
Faith leaders across the political spectrum are calling President Biden’s expansion of a Trump-era ban on immigration an immoral decision that will lead to more human suffering.
The Stqate of The Union address. 7th Febuary 2023. Public Domain image by C-SPAN
“We are Deeply Disappointed” February 09, 2023
Two years ago on the campaign trail, President Biden promised to end the inhuman border policies that barred migrants seeking asylum from entering the United States. Instead of ending the use of Title 42, faith leaders describe how new proposed rules and laws will expand its use.  Leaders of the oldest refugee resettlement organizations describe how the new policies create an unfair wealth test that runs counter to our nation’s promise to offer refuge to those facing violence and persecution.  And Joan Rosenhauer of the Jesuit Refugee Services USA joins to offer reactions to the State of the Union message.
Busses arrive near Vice President, Camala Harris' home transporting immigrants from Texas. Photograph courtesy Associated Press.
“We Don’t Have a Migrant Crisis We Have an Affordable Housing Crisis” February 09, 2023
The leader of the New York Immigration Coalition Murad Awawdeh is undeterred in his advocacy for migrants.  The oldest coalition of immigration groups in New York is leading efforts to secure housing, shelter, and support for new arrivals seeking refugee and support in making their asylum cases.  He describes how the New York City faith-based communities and networks have risen to meet the needs for shelter, food, and much more.
Fr. Richard Sotelo SJ celebrating mass at SPC El Paso Tesax. Image courtesy Jesuit Refugee Services.
“I have not lost faith in the American Dream” February 09, 2023
Jovana Nieto is the coordinator of the Migrant Accompaniment Network and she is on a mission to recruit volunteers to support newcomers on their journey to making the US home. She describes why she feels a special connection and responsibility to help each migrant find a companion volunteer to support their journey.