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Posts from November 2018

By: Fatema Ahmad
Published: November 13, 2018

As the daughter of Muslim Egyptian immigrants, I’m used to getting surprised looks when I tell people I grew up in a small Appalachian town in Western Maryland. A town where teens dared each other to drive up to the old church where local KKK members would supposedly meet. Boys I knew and rode the school bus with would go on to become Neo-Nazis. 

I had just started high school in 2001, making me – the only Muslim girl in high school in our county – a walking target after Sept. 11.

I know the violence of white supremacy intimately. But I disagree with those who are currently...

By: Carly Goodman
Published: November 9, 2018

The Trump administration has announced sweeping changes to the asylum system, blocking people who enter the U.S. between ports of entry from seeking asylum. AFSC has spoken out against the government’s cruel attempt to limit the ability of individuals taking refuge in our country to seek asylum. 

Here is what you need to know:

What is asylum?

Seeking asylum is a life-saving legal right under international and U.S. law. A person already in the country or arriving at a port of entry can...

By: Peniel Ibe
Published: November 9, 2018

The Trump administration has been making changes both small and drastic to U.S. immigration policies. While Trump’s cruel policies at the border and his ramping up of deportations and ICE raids have garnered the most attention and outrage, his other efforts to transform legal immigration have been no less radical. As administration officials and conservative commentators have said, deportations alone may...

By: Mark Graham
Published: November 8, 2018

If you saw the Nov. 7th White House briefing, you know that President Trump continues to demonize the migrant caravan (which is made up of several groups of travelers, including families with children) and to call for a wall and further militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border. 

But thanks to AFSC supporters, a more humane response is also underway – one that recognizes our...

By: Lucy Duncan
Published: November 1, 2018

“Underlying the complexities of sanctuary's evolving role within civil society, the sanctuary covenant that gathers us into a people of peoples remains clear and present. Here in the borderlands, we join the generations that stand at Sinai. We hear ourselves called to become a people that hallows the earth — not by ritual or sacrifice, but by fulfilling our task as co-creators of humanity. At every turn we see that humankind has not yet been fully formed into an image of the Holy; many among us are violated. And, standing with the generations at Sinai, we also see that...