Today, one week before Pope Francis arrives in Washington, DC, Fr. Sean Carroll SJ, the Executive Director of the Kino Border Initiative (KBI)
, took part in Congressional briefings organized in partnership with the U.S. Bishop’s Justice for Immigrants Campaign to discuss the “Francis Effect” on the immigration policy debate in the United States. Can you join me in amplifying Fr. Sean's message to Congress by taking action today?
The briefing highlighted in particular a new report released by KBI and the Jesuit Conference entitled Our Values on the Line: Migrant Abuse and Family Separation at the Border
This report, based on over 6-months of surveys conducted at KBI’s Aid Center for Deported Migrants, highlights the need for better accountability mechanisms to address alarming rates of abuse of migrants by Border Patrol. A third of surveyed migrants reported having been victimized by U.S. Border Patrol. The report also found that current Border Patrol practices have led to the systematic separation of family groups apprehended while traveling north together, with 64.6% of migrants who traveled with immediate family members reporting having been separated from these family members. Many of these family separations are due to Border Patrol’s failure to determine familial relationships and use their discretion to ensure family group unity during deportation processes. This has resulted in migrant families being deported to disparate points along the border, sometimes hundreds of miles apart. Migrants are also deported days, weeks, or even months apart from immediate family members due to increasingly punitive measures, like criminal prosecutions of border crossers, attributable to Border Patrol policy. TAKE ACTION TODAY
Next week, Francis will discuss the injustice of our immigration system. Will you stand with him now and urge your elected officials to act to advance Border Patrol accountability and ensure migrant well-being is taken into account during the deportation process?