Border Response

Migrants walk towards El Chaparral port of entry in Tijuana, Mexico, on the border with the United States, June 21, 2018. (GUILLERMO ARIAS/AFP/Getty Images)We continue to see the devastating effects of current U.S. immigration policy. Many people attempting to legally seek asylum as they enter the U.S. at our southern border are being treated as criminals and thousands of families have been torn apart.

 

How HIAS Is Responding:

  • We have launched an emergency response program to ensure that asylum seekers have access to legal representation. Legal representation can have a huge impact on asylum seekers’ ability to be released from detention and be reunited with their children.
     
  • HIAS is proud to be placing Border Fellows in three non-profit legal organizations along the southern border to increase their capacity to provide legal representation to asylum seekers in and out of detention. One fellow is working out of our affiliate, JFS San Diego, and two other fellows are going to be hosted in El Paso. We are still looking to fill one position in El Paso, and the job descriptions can be found here.
     
  • If you are interested in joining a future HIAS-led pro bono attorney delegation to the border, please fill out the application form and we will contact you when the next trip is planned. We are expecting to organize a trip to El Paso in late spring/early summer.

  • In August, HIAS and the ADL led a trip to the U.S.-Mexican border for leaders of national Jewish organizations to witness firsthand how the Trump administration’s policies are endangering individuals and families fleeing violence and persecution. HIAS also sent a legal delegation to the Port Isabel Detention Center in Texas to assist with adult asylum applicants, many of whom have been separated from their children after crossing the U.S. border. In July, we sent a team of legal and program experts to several areas along both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border to determine how best to respond to the crisis.
     
  • We continue to mobilize the Jewish community to be a strong, persistent moral voice in support of fair, humane treatment of asylum seekers. In July, HIAS organized a solidarity mission of 40 Rabbis and Jewish leaders to the border. 
     
  • We engage in asylum advocacy in Washington, seeking the reversal of the Administration’s zero-tolerance policy.

Look here to see how you can help asylum seekers now.

See the stories below for how HIAS has been working to help asylum seekers at the border since the crisis started.


 

WATCH: Witnesses at the Border

Sep 04, 2018

Last month, 27 leaders from 17 national Jewish organizations, led by HIAS and the Anti-Defamation League, traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border to get a firsthand look at the crisis affecting families, asylum seekers, and others. This new video follows the group as they bear witness.

A Little Help From a Lawyer Can Mean a Lot: Reflections From the Border

Aug 30, 2018

HIAS sent a legal delegation of volunteers, staff, attorneys, and translators to the Port Isabel Detention Center in Texas.
HIAS-ADL Jewish Leadership Border Mission

Jewish Leaders on HIAS-ADL Trip Witness Border Crisis Up Close

Aug 24, 2018

Sometimes you have to see things for yourself and that is just what 27 leaders from 17 national Jewish organizations did on August 21-22 as part of a HIAS-ADL led delegation to view firsthand the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border.

At U.S.-Mexico Border, HIAS Examines Crisis Up Close

Aug 07, 2018

In July HIAS sent a team of legal and program experts to several areas along both sides of the the U.S.-Mexico border to determine how best to respond to the family separation and asylum crisis.

LISTEN: Asylum and Family Separation Briefing Call

Aug 03, 2018

Listen as HIAS experts discuss the current situation with separated parents and children and asylum seekers, what HIAS is doing, and how we can work together to fight back.

Rabbis Visit U.S./Mexico Border, Respond to Crisis

Jul 05, 2018

The day before Americans celebrated their independence, HIAS helped lead a delegation of nearly 40 rabbis and community leaders to the U.S.-Mexico border, where people are seeking freedom.

What You Can Do Right Now to Protect Asylum Seekers

Jul 05, 2018

This is the moment to stand up and speak out.

Hundreds of Thousands Protest “Zero-Tolerance” Policy

Jul 02, 2018

On Saturday, June 30th, hundreds of thousands of activists in more than seven hundred cities protested the Trump Administration’s “zero-tolerance” policy on immigration.

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