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ACT NOW: Urge the Senate to REJECT Trump’s national emergency declaration.

Resolution moves to the Senate to terminate national emergency declaration at the U.S. border.

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Resolution moves to the Senate to terminate national emergency declaration at the U.S. border.

The US. House of Representatives has passed a resolution to terminate President Trump’s national emergency declaration at the U.S. southern border. Now this resolution heads to the Senate for consideration. 

It’s imperative that we make our voices heard right now. Please, contact your Senators today and urge them to PASS the resolution to terminate this irresponsible and unnecessary emergency declaration. Thank you. 

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Dear Senators,

I am writing to urge you to pass H.J.Res.46 to terminate President Trump’s declared national emergency at the U.S. – Mexican border. The only emergency at the border is a humanitarian one, one that has been driven by the Trump administration’s border policies, which violate U.S. law and international obligations regarding the protection of asylum seekers. I therefore implore you to uphold your constitutional duty to check presidential overreach, reject this emergency declaration and to enact clear protections for asylum seekers fleeing danger to obtain safe refuge in the United States – instead of constructing costly barriers.

The Trump administration has driven a policy agenda to restrict or even outright deny the right to seek asylum, through “metering” or entirely barring asylum seekers’ access to the United States, and to enact traumatic policies of family separation and child incarceration to deter individuals from seeking refuge. The president’s national emergency declaration to redirect funding for a physical wall along the United States’ southern border is only the latest in a long line of attempts to make seeking asylum dangerous or even impossible.

Physicians for Human Rights has reported that forcing asylum seekers to remain in Mexico puts them at risk of further physical and psychological trauma. PHR researchers in Tijuana found that many of the migrants interviewed were afraid for their lives and terrified that the dangerous forces they fled have followed them to Mexico. Every day they wait for their turn to cross into the United States is another day of fear and danger for these extremely vulnerable people.

When asylum seekers are barred from accessing their legal right to seek asylum at U.S. ports of entry, these vulnerable groups are forced – out of desperation – to seek asylum by crossing into the United States in increasingly remote and dangerous areas. Expanding physical barriers will only increase the risk of severe trauma, significant injury, or even death.

Indeed, on the same day President Trump announced the national emergency to seek increased wall funding, an unidentified man died while attempting to swim across the Rio Grande River near Eagle Pass in Texas. Seventeen others were rescued from the same stretch of river that day, including six children from Honduras and one child from Guatemala.

Individuals fleeing persecution, gross human rights abuses, and communities rife with impunity are entitled to seek legal protection in the United States under federal law, in accordance with our international obligations. Seeking asylum is a legal right.

Please, uphold your constitutional duty to check presidential overreach, reject the emergency declaration and enact clear protections for asylum seekers fleeing danger to obtain safe refuge in the United States. I would also ask that you increase medical and humanitarian response capacity for Customs and Border Patrol personnel along the border and ensure access to the physical and legal protections that asylum seekers are afforded under U.S. and international law.

Sincerely,
[First Name] [Last Name]

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