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On World Refugee Day, President Trump signed an executive order replacing the policy of tearing families apart with the policy of detaining them indefinitely. The new executive order criminalizes asylum seekers for pursuing something that is not only a human right, but is legal under both U.S. and international law.
As a refugee protection agency, HIAS has opposed the policy of family detention for years. Since our founding in the 1880s, we have fought for the rights and protection of the most vulnerable.
As attacks on the asylum program continue, it is essential to take action on behalf of asylum seekers.
Here are some options for what you can do right now:
Call your Members of Congress every single day. If we aren’t sleeping at night, neither should they.
Tell them you oppose the separation of asylum-seeking families and the practice of family detention.
Join or Plan a Protest at an Immigration Detention Center
Immigrants are being detained all over the country—and likely in areas that are closer than you think.
There are likely rallies and vigils happening in your area. Either join onto those, or contact local immigration organizations and work with them to organize your own. HIAS can also support you in planning vigils and actions. We have content resources, suggested chants, Refugee Welcome signs and more available to you.
The Jews for Refugees Facebook group is a good source of information about upcoming events as well. Please help us to make it maximally useful, by posting information about rallies that you hear about or are planning to attend.
Start or Join an Immigration Detention Visitation Program
See if a visitation program already exists near you. If not, we can help you explore how your community might start one.
Become a Sanctuary Congregation
Click here to download HIAS' updated guide to becoming a sanctuary congregation.
Make a Donation
Donate to HIAS to support our critical ongoing free-of-charge legal services for asylum seekers.
Additionally, Slate has a thorough and up-to-date list of organizations that are working at the border and how to support them.