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5 things you can do to stand with the migrant caravan today

News & Commentary  |  By Kathryn Johnson, Nov 28, 2018
Photo: AFSC / Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement

Since mid-October, a caravan of migrants has been traveling north from Central America. The group includes people of all ages, including families and children – many of whom are escaping violence and poverty and seeking asylum in the U.S. and Mexico. 

But instead of responding with compassion and humanity, President Trump is portraying migrants as a security threat. And he’s using the caravan to stir up xenophobia and advance his anti-immigrant agenda, from detaining families to further militarizing our border.

Don’t let Trump exploit the migrant caravan to fuel hate and fear! You can take a stand against his xenophobic rhetoric by calling on our elected officials to protect the rights and dignity of all immigrants. 

Here are five ways you can take action today:  

1. Join our Dec. 10-18 week of action "Love knows no borders: A moral call for migrant justice."

On Dec. 10, more than 100 faith leaders from all over the country will take part in a nonviolent direct action at the U.S.-Mexico border in San Diego, California. The event will kick off a week of actions in communities across the U.S., demanding an end to border militarization and calling for humane immigration policies that respect the rights and dignity of all people. Visit our website to organize an event in your community. 

2. Tell Congress to Defund Hate at the border. 

Trump is using the caravan to support his efforts to further militarize our southern border. But we know that walls and other border enforcement have had a deadly impact on our communities, including thousands of migrant deaths and rampant abuse of community members by Border Patrol agents. Tell Congress to stop funding cruelty against immigrants today! 

3. Spread messages that show support for migrants. 

We need to speak out against hateful, anti-immigrant language and policies at every chance we get. And it’s important that we ask our family, friends, and communities to do the same. Use our messaging tips on how to talk about the migrant caravan, and share them on Facebook and Twitter.  

4. Support AFSC's emergency response to protect human rights.

AFSC works in Guatemala, El Salvador, Mexico, and dozens of U.S. cities and towns, including at the U.S.-Mexico border. Our team has traveled with the migrant caravan and is now assessing where our expertise and resources can make the greatest difference. We're also convening faith and human rights groups in the U.S. to develop a visible, moral response to this human rights emergency. 

We working to meet human needs like shelter and safety, expand human rights monitoring, and advocate for policy change. Donate today to support our efforts.

5. Speak out against Trump's attack on asylum. 

Share this graphic on Facebook and Twitter to show you believe that the U.S. government should respect people's right to migrate and seek asylum. 

About the Author

Kathryn Johnson is the Policy Advocacy Coordinator with AFSC's Office for Public Policy and Advocacy. Before joining AFSC, she was a Field Organizer for Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch where she educated and mobilized constituents against the Trans Pacific Partnership. Previously, she served as Assistant Director of the Guatemala Human Rights Commission/USA, supporting human rights defenders, educating the international community, and coordinating a network of activists to demand responsible US policies.