Take Action: Protect Child Refugees

Protection, Not Deportation

Members of Congress want to roll back critical legal protections that ensure children who face violence and persecution, human trafficking, and other human rights abuses are not deported to places where their lives are in danger. CAIR Coalition calls upon our lawmakers to talk protection, not deportation and we need you to help us uphold protections for child refugees.

Quick Action Links

The William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) of 2008 & Immigrant Children

The expansion of the TVPRA in 2008 not only enhanced protections for trafficking victims, it also made procedural and substantive changes to immigration legal relief for unaccompanied alien children. Specifically, section 235 of the TVPRA increased many protections for unaccompanied immigrant children seeking relief from removal, including Special Immigrant Juvenile status and asylum.

The (in)Humane Act

Yesterday U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, (R-Texas), and U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, (D-Texas), introduced the Helping Unaccompanied Minors and Alleviating National Emergency (HUMANE) Act, legislation "designed to reform current law and solve the ongoing humanitarian crisis on our southern border." This legislation would roll back the legal relief afforded to unaccompanied immigrant children by the TVPRA.

The (in)Humane Act and many similar bills being considered in response to the many thousands of unaccompanied children fleeing danger and violence, are not protecting children, and are far from compassionate. The (in)Humane Act creates a fast track to deportation, by putting the initial determination if a child can stay here in the hands of untrained border patrol agents and by shortening timeframes for proceedings so much that it can severely impede the child's ability to obtain legal representation. The act values swift decisions over accurate, substantive ones, and is risking the lives of refugee children.

Take Action Now

Without the basic due process safeguards provided by TVPRA, children will be robbed of meaningful opportunities to present their asylum cases. As a nation dedicated to human rights and due process, any attempt to weaken protections for children is unacceptable.

CAIR Coalition urges our lawmakers and members of the press to "take a step back" from politics and rhetoric and remember that the faces behind this crisis are those of young children at risk.

We call upon you to take immediate action to stop this attack on the safeguards meant to protect vulnerable, refugee children.

What You Can Do:

Call the Congressional Switchboard and ask for your senators & representatives.

Here is a sample script, provided by the NIJC:

Hello, my name is [YOUR NAME] and I'm from [CITY, STATE]. I'm calling to ask [CONGRESS MEMBER'S NAME] to tell you I strongly oppose any rollbacks to the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA). Children seeking refuge from violence should not be subjected to expedited procedures that will return them to persecution and abuse in their home countries. Please vote to pass the White House Emergency Supplemental funding request without harmful amendments. As your constituent, I hope you will take a strong stand to ensure that children's rights are protected.

Click the button above to email your Senators and Representative.

Here is a sample email you can use:

 Hello, my name is [YOUR NAME] and I'm from [CITY, STATE]. I'm contacting you to tell you I strongly oppose any rollbacks to the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA). Children seeking refuge from violence should not be subjected to expedited procedures that will return them to persecution and abuse in their home countries. Please vote to pass the White House Emergency Supplemental funding request without harmful amendments. As your constituent, I hope you will take a strong stand to ensure that children's rights are protected. Thank you, [YOUR NAME]