Statement of Arizona border communities on the Central America refugee crisis | No More Deaths • No More Deaths

Statement of Arizona border communities on the Central America refugee crisis | No More Deaths • No More Deaths

Statement of Arizona border communities on the Central America refugee crisis | No More Deaths • No More Deaths

The border communities in Arizona, which have witnessed the repatriation of their children to the United States, most damaging effects of twenty years of militarization and security-first approaches to immigration policy, it was both alarming and unconscionable that the Obama administration and congressional actors from both parties would use the refugee crisis involving vulnerable children to advocate for greater enforcement along the border; militarization of the countries from which these children are fleeing; and expedited deportation by gutting safeguards that ensure due process. Such actions were prone to exacerbate an already tragic situation, driving more children to risk their lives; emboldening Homeland Security agencies and private prison companies that have an established record of abuse; and diminishing the due process and humanitarian protections to which these children are entitled under US and international law.

Children and families should not be used to further militarize our communities on the southern border. We ask our allies and supporters across the United States to join us in insisting that the above policies and principles serve as the basis for the United States's response to the current refugee crisis, and that these are incorporated into any future appropriations or reforms to border and immigration policy.

American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona
American Friends Service Committee of Arizona
Arizona-Sonora Border Coalition
Border Action Network
BorderLinks
Casa Mariposa > Human Rights Coalition
Colibrí Center for Human Rights
End Streamline Coalition
Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project
Frontera de Cristo, Douglas-Agua Prieta
Green Valley-Sahuarita Samaritans and Good Shepherd United Church of Christ - Humanitarian Border Solutions, Bisbee-Naco, Kino Border Initiative, Nogales
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Southside Worker Center in Tucson Samaritans

Photo: Rex Koningsor .

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