The U.S. must honor its values of welcoming families and people seeking safety. Instead, the Senate is proposing to trade away life-saving protections in current immigration and asylum law as part of other funding negotiations. These changes would create more chaos at the border, sending children, mothers, fathers, teachers and neighbors back to danger and even death, while also creating harm to local communities.
Currently the United States Senate is negotiating a bill that would make extreme, lasting changes to border and interior immigration policy – and they could vote as soon as this week.
This bill would harm families & communities by:
❌ Denying people the right to seek safety through asylum
❌ Creating more chaos, confusion, and harm at the border
❌ Allocating unprecedented funding for detention and jailing people for seeking safety
❌ Not allowing people to fully request safety before sending them back to danger & even death
❌ Separating families and harming neighbors nationwide
We demand Congress discuss real solutions:
✅ An asylum system that welcomes people fleeing dangerous situations
✅ Investments in knowledgeable organizations and local communities that are coordinating humane efforts to welcome people with dignity
✅ Positive immigration laws that create stability for long-time immigrant Nebraskans and local communities
The Senate could vote as soon as this week on this legislation, so use your voice now! Call both of your U.S. Senators today and tell them to honor our values of welcoming and protecting children and families seeking safety.
Senator Pete Ricketts: 202-224-4224
Senator Deb Fischer: 202-224-6551
*Remember you can call after 5pm ET to leave a voice message!
Children and families making the impossible decision to leave home in order to escape violence and seek safety need dignified and safe processes to do so. Nebraska has a long tradition of welcome, and Nebraska communities benefit greatly from new community members.
Thank you for taking action! Please share this message with a friend or family member and ask them to make a call as well! Want to learn more? Read about border approaches that create solutions versus those that do harm and the Welcome with Dignity campaign for a reimagined asylum system.