OSJ Action Alert: March 22, 2019

Ask DHS to rescind
their ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy

In January 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) began implementing the “Remain in Mexico” (or Migrant Protection Protocols) policy at the San Ysidro port of entry (POE), and the El Paso/Juarez POE as of March 20.

Under U.S. immigration law, it is legal for asylum-seekers to remain in the U.S. while their cases are pending. This policy change is not only unlawful, but it also places a potentially dangerous, immoral, and unjust burden on an already vulnerable population.

In Deuteronomy 10:19, and in many other places in Scripture, we are reminded that, “You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” Extending hospitality is a calling for all those who follow Jesus, which includes defending the safety and dignity of those who are most vulnerable and away from home.