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.
Volunteer. The UU College of Social Justice works with Annunciation House in El Paso, Tex. to source volunteers, which have been urgently needed, but due to a recent decline in the number of asylum-seekers arriving, they are currently pausing their call for volunteers. Please visit CSJ’s Volunteer page to learn more about Annunciation House and if you would like to be notified when they open volunteer registration again.
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.