Lawful Assembly

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Shared Values


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This episode encourages us to respond to our shared values of living under the rule of law as the US seeks to reform its immigration law. When our debate focuses on naming individuals as illegals prior to adjudication, it leads to gridlock. By focusing on why the U.S. established a refugee law and the importance of fair and just procedures, we may instead build upon those shared values. The podcast also explains how criminal and civil law addresses those who seek to cross the border without authorization. For information on the Border Patrol budget, see “The Cost of Immigration Enforcement and Border Security,” provided by the American Immigration Council at: (January 21, 2021). For information on ways to address refugees at the border without simply relying on detention, see the report by the National Immigrant Justice Center, “A Better Way: Community-Based Programming As An Alternative To Immigrant Incarceration” at (April 22,2019). For more information and sources on the impact of the Title 42 regulation closing much of our border allegedly on public health concerns, see “Health Inequity and Tent Court Injustice,” at: Human Rights First has coordinated a Title 42 Action Week and produced a tool kit with more information explaining the need to cease excluding refugees based on Title 42: Title 42 Week of Action toolkit


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