UUSC is part of an interfaith coalition in regular communication with people accompanying the Honduran migrant caravan, now identified as “The Exodus” (El Éxodo). Please see below for opportunities to support asylum-seekers on their journey through Mexico and arrival at the U.S. border, as well as assist local welcoming organizations in El Paso, Texas.
“Love Knows No Borders” Week of Action continues through Dec 18
UUSC & Love Resists are co-sponsors of this week of action kicked off with a powerful clergy-led direct action at the border in San Diego.
Check out the national map of over 40 events and find one near you – or plan your own and add it to the map!
Washington D.C. Area: Join the International Migrants Day Posada on December 18, a traditional faith procession to call our elected leaders to stand on the side of justice and examine our posture of welcome for Central American Migrant Refugees seeking asylum.
San Diego/Tijuana Area: Join the 25th Annual Posada Sin Fronteras on December 15, led simultaneously by faith leaders on both sides of the border wall.
Volunteer. Volunteers are urgently needed at the Annunciation House in El Paso, Tex. The UU College of Social Justice is accepting applications for individuals able to volunteer for at least one week on site. Please visit uucsj.org/volunteer/us-asylum to learn more and apply.
Show Solidarity. Send a message of welcome and support to UUSC partners working to provide hospitality and assistance to migrants on the U.S.-Mexico border. For other ways to help asylum-seekers in your own community and beyond, please see this list, compiled by Love Resists.
The Trump administration’s immigration policy is an affront to basic humanitarian principles and human rights values. The latest news, which includes threats to close the southern U.S. border and mobilize the U.S. military, are preposterous attempts to hijack the conversation about immigration and asylum in the United States, deliberately stoking fear and racism. As we resist this anti-immigrant administration, we need your support in helping people fleeing violence and instability in their home countries and seeking asylum in the United States. Read our suggestions on how to get involved below.
Take direct action
Contact your elected officials to share your concerns about human rights violations happening at the U.S.-Mexico border and along the migrant trail:
- Protect human rights in Honduras: Tell your legislators to ensure U.S. foreign aid to Honduras and domestic immigration policy reflect the best of U.S. values and do not support oppressive government violence.
- Defend TPS: Ensure Temporary Protection Status holders can continue to build their lives in the United States and are not deported to unsafe conditions.
You can also speak out on immigrant rights and family separation by responding to local news articles and op-eds with a letter to the editor (LTE). Learn about how to submit an LTE and get sample content here.
- Accompaniment: Accompaniment helps stop deportations, reduce bond fees, and keep families together. By centering people’s dignity and choices in a system that takes away dignity and choices, we care for those who are criminalized for their being. Learn more at Love Resists.
- Learn more about the anti-racist practice for expanded sanctuary, accompaniment, and resistance through the online course, Changing Systems, Changing Ourselves.
- Offer physical or expanded sanctuary: More information can be found at Love Resists and in the Sanctuary Toolkit.