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    The United States has a proud history of providing refuge to those seeking protection; the court system has well-established and effective ways of determining which individuals are eligible for asylum. But some members of Congress are trying to unravel these protections for vulnerable children who arrive at our border.

    Today, the House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 5230, legislation that would rush to deport children fleeing violence in Central America without a full and meaningful opportunity to tell their story.

    Call your Representative TODAY and ask him or her to vote “no” on H.R. 5230 and defend due process for refugee children. That's all you need to say. But for more information, see below.

    You can find your Representative’s number here.

    H.R. 5230 would roll back the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA), an established law that effectively screens these children to determine whether they are eligible for asylum and relief. It was passed with bipartisan support during the administration of George W. Bush. It helps children to get the medical care, mental health support, and legal counsel that they need before they can convey their experiences to a judge. Watering down these important protections would undoubtedly send vulnerable children back to incredibly dangerous and deadly situations.

    Here’s a script you can use when you speak to your Representative:

    "Hello, my name is [YOUR NAME] from [CITY, STATE]. I'm calling to ask Representative [CONGRESS MEMBER'S NAME] to vote NO on H.R. 5230 and to uphold the protections in the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act. Vulnerable children arriving at our border must be properly screened for trafficking and should have a full and meaningful opportunity to seek asylum. Congress should not be focused on stripping away protections and deporting these children as fast as they can. The safety of these children should not be compromised for the sake of expediency. As your constituent, I hope you will take a strong stand to ensure that children are not caused undue harm, and vote NO on H.R. 5230. Thank you."

    Published: August 1, 2014