Monday, July 21, 2014

Children in danger

We are all very concerned with the children being sent to the U.S. to escape the violence of their homelands. This weekend we just received this from the Benedictine Sisters in southern Texas who are involved in US border issues.

They wrote, "You should call your members of Congress and urge them NOT to repeal the provisions in the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA). This bill was unanimously agreed to by ALL members of Congress.

It would not return vulnerable migrants to danger and it would reduce the likelihood that the U.S. would deport children back into the hands of traffickers and others who would exploit them. Proposed changes to the TVPRA mean that children would not have a meaningful opportunity to have their story heard, apply for asylum, or be cared for humanely by child-welfare personnel. The children would be deported to potentially life-threatening situations.

Congress should NOT rescind this bipartisan law at precisely the time when more children are in need of these protections.

Call 1-888-427-0530 and ask for both your Senators and your Representative and say,"Please protect unaccompanied children and don't repeal the TVPRA."