Recently, the plight of several thousand migrants from Central America seeking asylum in the United States has become a national story. The response to restrict the asylum from the current administration, which has been blocked by the US judicial system, and the current political movement based on xenophobia and entitlement, does not represent our values or our will as people. The recent attempt to restrict asylum applications contradicts both US law and the “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses” ethos that is long held dear. As the current administration strays away from these fundamental American ideals, the Berkeley JACL Civil Rights Committee remains firm in its position in support of civil rights and the principles this great country was founded on.
-Berkeley JACL Civil Rights Committee