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There have been several recently introduced proposals, such as the HUMANE Act, S. 2611, and the Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act, HR 1537, neither of which is a humane or reform piece of legislation. These proposals would put vulnerable children in harm’s way by stripping away critical protections in the TVPRA for children from all countries not bordering the U.S. including El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.
You can stop this in four easy steps but Congress will be voting on these proposals within the next two weeks so these four steps must be taken immediately:
1. Go here to obtain specific and detailed talking points about how the proposals now pending in Congress would hurt children;
2. Go to www.contactingthecongress.org and type in your address in order to get contact information for your senator and representative.
3. Contact your senator and representative and tell them to oppose any rollbacks of TPVRA protections and to provide adequate funding. Support the $1.83 billion request for FY 2014 for the Office of Refugee Resettlement that cares for the children proposed by President Obama and the $3.367 billion funding increase to ensure that children and refugees continue to receive desperately needed legal and social services.
4. Write letters to the editors or send e-mails in response to news articles in support of the children. For example in the Inquirer on July 23rd there was an article about a shelter in Berks County that houses some children. The article indicated that members of a Congressional delegation which visited the shelter are seeking the rollback of the 2008 Trafficking Victims Protection Act.
Please act NOW – and help us spread the word – to ensure that Congress continues to protect those that need it and to approve increased funding. It is crucial that the U.S. government meet the needs of unaccompanied children while maintaining our country’s commitment to asylum seekers and refugees.