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No to ACA's - Sign the petition by July 19! More actions included!
This petition will be submitted to Congressional representatives to demand they do everything in their power to stop the funding and implementation of these agreements. After signing this petition, you'll be directed to NISGUA's action page where you can learn more about ways to engage with your members of Congress on this important issue.
Please join us to demand that Congress protect people coming to our southern border who are seeking safe haven!
Después de firmar esta petición, se le dirigirá a la página de acción de NISGUA donde puede aprender más acerca de las maneras de interactuar con sus miembros del Congreso en este tema tan importante. ¡Gracias!
From our friends at NISGUA:
No Safe Third Country Agreements with Central America
In July 2019, the Guatemalan Interior Minister and the acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security signed an Asylum Cooperative Agreement, also known as a “safe third country agreement.” This signing came after the Guatemalan Constitutional Court ordered former President Morales not to sign the agreement without congressional approval. After Trump threatened to ban Guatemalans with lawful U.S. visas and to tax remittances, Morales sent his Interior Minister to sign. In the following weeks, El Salvador and Honduras signed similar agreements.
The agreements give the U.S. power to deport asylum-seekers to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador even if they are not from these countries. By deporting asylum-seekers to countries they are not from and to places where they may face danger, the U.S. denies them protection and violates international refugee law.
People flee Guatemala due to the violent imposition of resource extraction without consultation. Now, the state wants to deport asylum-seekers to Indigenous territory without consultation. The state does not care for Guatemalans, how will it care for migrants that the U.S. wants to throw away?
– Ruben Herrera, Departmental Assembly of Peoples of Huehuetenango (ADH)
Three hundred community members organized by the ADH took over the Mesiilla check point on the Guatemala-Mexico border on August 9, protesting the “safe third country” agreement, systemic impunity & the invasion of their territorries by extractive industry. Photo credit: Departamental Assembly of Peoples of Huehuetenango (ADH)
To stop these inhumane and illegal agreements, we need major people power. Join us!
1. Educate Yourself and others
Despite state efforts to obscure information about the agreements, resources exist. We recommend:
- “The dangers of Trump’s ‘safe third country’ agreements in Central America” by AFSC
- “Policy Memo: U.S.-Central America Asylum Agreements are Cruel and Unworkable” by WOLA, LAWG, AFL-CIO, KIND, Alianza Américas, Women’s Refugee Commission, and Center for Gender and Refugee Studies
- “The U.S. is putting asylum seekers on planes to Guatemala — often without telling them where they’re going” by The Washington Post
- “Warren, Menendez Lead Senators Questioning Agreements Used by the Trump Administration to Expel Asylum Seekers to Northern Triangle Countries“
- Explainer on U.S. Deportations and Expulsions During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Articles and posts by Sandra Cuffe (website, Twitter) and Jeff Abbott (website, Twitter)
- “Safe Third Country, Remain in Mexico: US Asylum Policies Violate Rights” by Americas Program
- “Deportation with a Layover: Failure of Protection Under the U.S.-Guatemala Asylum Cooperative Agreement” report by Refugees International
2. Watch the webinars
On June 10, we had the honor of coordinating a webinar “From the U.S. to Central America: Asylum, Deportations, and COVID-19” featuring five panelists from Central America and the U.S. who are experts on migration and powerful movement leaders. The panelists spoke about the illegal and inhumane Asylum Cooperative Agreements (ACAs), also known as safe third country agreements. They also discussed deportations during the pandemic, which have greatly impacted already under-resourced medical systems in the Global South.
Today, we’re thrilled to share the recording of the webinar complete with English subtitles, which are based off of the closed captions and live simultaneous interpretation that we provided in the webinar.
3. Sign the petition
“The Asylum Cooperative Agreements, also known as “third safe country agreements” that were signed between the U.S. and the northern countries of Central America (Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras) in 2019 threaten the security and dignity of migrants, and are a violation of the sovereignty of these countries. The U.S. Congress should do everything within its power to stop the implementation of these Asylum Cooperative Agreements.”
This petition is open! The final petition with signatures will be delivered to strategic U.S. Congressional representatives. Please share widely!
4. Contact congress
This is the most important part! We need to show congress that we will not allow them to be complicit in this violence by the Trump administration. Call and email your congresspeople to pressure them to:
- Defund the agreements. The appropriations subcommittees in charge of the budgets for the State Department and Department of Homeland Security should include the following language in the Appropriations Bill: “None of these funds may be used for the implementation of the Asylum Cooperative Agreements between the U.S., Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras.”
- Demand more information. All congresspeople and committees should demand more information about the signing and implementation of the agreements.
- Take a stand against the agreements. All congresspeople should declare their opposition to the agreements as a threat to safety, human dignity, and Central American sovereignty.
This link will take you to CISPES’ platform from which you can contact all your representatives and senators with the click of a button. We prepped the email for you too! Thank you for taking action against these illegal and inhumane agreements.
Even though it shouldn’t be, reaching out to congress can be intimidating. We are here to support. This button will lead you to email info[at]nisgua.org.
5. Write a letter-to-the-editor or an op-ed
Letters to the editor and op-eds are important tools to educate community members and create public dialogue. With your help, we can publish in dozens of newspapers across the U.S. To learn more about letters to the editor and op-eds, check out these resources by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and Community Toolbox.