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UUSC & UUSJ – 7 Ways to Participate in the Campaign to Save Asylum

Learn more about the current status of the Title 42 policy and what needs to happen now at UUSC’s blog

The CDC’s Title 42 has been used to expel migrants more than a million times without a chance to pursue asylum and forced thousands to wait in Mexico for over a year.

Asylum seekers stuck along the border in Mexico are protesting the 2-year anniversary of Title 42. 

They have called for us to join them by hosting solidarity actions around the country, meeting with members of Congress, and speaking out before the next review and renewal of Title 42 in early April.

  1. Sign and distribute the UU letter for organizations and individuals to end Title 42 abuses and save asylum!

Read the letter here

Sign on here

  1. Sign up to meet with your member of Congress. UUSJ and UUSC are hosting meetings with key decision-makers in Congress to urge them to speak out against Title 42 and in favor of restoring asylum. If you are a constituent of one of these lawmakers, please considering signing up to join a meeting here.
  1. Watch the UUSC/UUSJ Webinar – Welcome with Dignity at the U.S. Border: How We Can End the Abuse of Title 42 Powers and Restore Asylum Access for All. Hear stories and updates from the border from Nicole Ramos, Director of Al Otro Lado’s Border Rights Project in Tijuana, recorded testimonies from migrants stuck in limbo due to Title 42, and analysis from policy experts on how to save the asylum process in the U.S. Held Tuesday, March 15, at 5 pm PT/6 MT/7CT/8 ET; Recording available here.
  1. Write a letter to your Members of Congress with UUSJ’s “Write Here, Write Now” toolkit, and organize letter-writing teams and events: https://bit.ly/RestoreAsylumWHWN
  1. Host a Local Solidarity Action with migrants on the border on March 21. Sign up to host a local action, and receive a toolkit including a sample agenda, testimonies from asylum-seekers at the border, sample press release and social media posts. We’ll also add you to the national list of actions. If you are part of a local immigrant rights group, bring this to them to see if the group can host. 
  1. Share info and action opportunities on Social Media: using our social media toolkit with sample tweets, facebook posts, and visuals – https://bit.ly/RestoreAsylumMediaKit. Learn more and take action with the Welcome With Dignity coalition’s toolkit.
  1. Join the Virtual Event Monday March 21 :Two Years of Title 42, Not One Day More: Firsthand Accounts. Monday, March 21 marks two years of Title 42, a policy that uses public health as a pretext for denying asylum seekers protection. Register now for this webinar centering firsthand accounts from Black and Brown asylum seekers targeted by #Title42. Co-sponsored by UUSC, UUSJ, Center for Gender & Refugee Studies, and more TBA. 11 am ET / 10 am CT. https://domesticworkers.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_XpxZclYDTSCFtEOp7Px4Rg

More Information:

Title 42, a public health provision through the Centers for Disease Control to prevent the introduction of new infectious diseases to the United States, continues to prevent most asylum-seekers from seeking safety at our southern border – even as tourists and shoppers can now cross the border freely. Originally put in place by the Trump administration to curtail immigration, Title 42 continues to be renewed against the recommendations of medical and public health experts.

The March 15 webinar is part of the lead up to the 2 year anniversary of Title 42 on March 20, and a national Day of Action to Save Asylum on March 21. Asylum seekers in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico have formed a group, “Los Revolucionarios,” and are organizing a protest for March 21. They have called for us to join them by hosting solidarity actions around the country, meeting with members of Congress, and speaking out before the next review and renewal of Title 42 in early April. Actions are welcome to take many different forms: prayer vigils; protests outside the offices of members of Congress; creative banner drops and direct actions. Actions do not need to be large to be an effective contribution – even 5-10 people can be enough.

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