Immigration has become one of the most hotly debated topics in our country. Recent immigration policies — from travel bans and visa restrictions to refugee caps and asylum changes to the construction of a border wall — are policies that have stoked outrage and litigation for their treatment of migrants including separating families from their children, deteriorating or inhumane conditions in detention facilities, and a lack of healthcare and legal counsel.
Crystal Massey works at the border, connecting volunteers throughout the country to remote and in-person volunteer opportunities and works closely with local border groups providing legal and humanitarian assistance to asylum seekers. Her work with the Immigration Justice Campaign — a joint initiative between the American Immigration Council and the American Immigration Lawyers Association — increases pro bono legal representation for detained immigrants, only 14 percent of whom have access to counsel.
Join us as Massey shares a brief history of Border Patrol, who qualifies for asylum and how, recent border policies impacting tens of thousands of asylum seekers, and what individuals across the country can do to assist the work of groups on the front lines.
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