*This program is hosted by our partner, Grantmakers Concered with Immigrants and Refugees (GCIR), who has extended an invitation to PNY members. Due to a GCIR board meeting, this edition of our Monthly Immigration Policy Call series has been moved to a Tuesday. Future calls will continue to be held on the third Thursday of the month*.
Despite the administration’s policies to deter and punish asylum seekers, families continue to arrive to the United States and Mexico in search of protection. While family separation policies are being revisited and restrictions on asylum grow tighter, families who are apprehended and detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection after crossing into the United States through the southwest border are being released to a loose network of border shelters who serve as the first humanitarian responders. The shelters provide critical short-term support, ensuring that people are received with a hot meal, shower, and shelter, as well as helping to arrange onward travel. Most families pass through the shelters in one to two days, though some house families for weeks or even months.
Since 2017, UNHCR has engaged with this group of shelters in the U.S. in order to foster the connection and information-sharing between the shelters and provide a space to strategize solutions to new and ongoing challenges. Among these key challenges include how to envision these shelters as a coordinated reception network for asylum seekers and how best to coordinate onward movement with support for legal services and other needed wrap around services.
Please join the in-depth conversation with Lindsay Jenkins of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees on these issues and the regional perspective for asylum seekers.
- Lindsay Jenkins, Protection Officer, UNHCR Regional Office for the USA and the Caribbean
- Aryah Somers Landsberger (Moderator), Vice President of Programs, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees
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