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The rest of us must step up right now

On Monday, Attorney General William Barr announced that fear of persecution and terror against one's family is no longer a basis to seek asylum in the United States. Essentially, this administration has announced to people worldwide, "If your family is in danger, don't come to the United States."

This is a horrendous betrayal. For generations, people around the world have looked to our shores for safety when they have nowhere else to turn. And our nation is better for it: the commitment to human rights shows the strength of our spirit, and the resulting diversity enriches and strengthens our culture.

Now, under Trump and Barr, refugees are being stranded at our borders, told to turn back, sometimes jailed, separated from their loved ones, treated like criminals because they're running from criminals.

The immigration crisis at our border is one of the most egregious failures of leadership I have ever seen. It's deeply cruel and fundamentally racist.

When our own president is attacking our core values, it's our duty not just to defend our nation's core values, but to advance them. Our movement has been stepping up to support a group of organizations that are fighting on the front lines every day to provide legal and humanitarian aid to refugees at our border.

Please chip in now to support the critical, life-saving work being done at our border.

I believe with all of my heart that America's principles deserve far better stewardship than this administration. And when future generations reflect on this time, I pray they'll judge us not by Donald Trump's hateful policies, but by how boldly our people stood against them.


Posted on July 31, 2019.

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Joe Kennedy III represents Massachusetts' 4th District in Congress. A principled and passionate advocate for economic, social, and racial justice, Joe is working to improve access to quality, affordable health care, and is determined to fight for all who call this country home.

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