On Sunday November 25, asylum-seeking migrants at the US-Mexico border were violently attacked by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents with tear gas, injuring dozens of refugees including young children. Currently ~4,700 migrants from Central America are stuck in Tijuana, waiting to cross the border and have their claims for asylum processed. CBP is deliberately obstructing this standard process by slowing their review of asylum applications to 100 per day, and the Trump administration is now saying that applicants should be banned from crossing the border until their claims have been processed (but not providing a mechanism to apply for asylum from the Mexico side of the border). The administration is manufacturing and escalating this crisis in order to define a media narrative around “defense of our borders” and stoke anti-immigration sentiment in their base, all at the expense of migrants fleeing impossible situations in hope of a better life.
The use of chemical weapons by US government employees on civilians at our border is illegal under international law, and a domestic agency using it on asylum seekers is appalling abuse of power. Constituents must urge Congress to condemn the attacks on the border, demand the borders stay open and safe for asylum seekers, and pressure CBP to accelerate asylum claims processing to relieve the strain on migrants seeking asylum.
Three calls to make: Senators Kennedy and Cassidy, and Representative Richmond or Scalise
Senator Bill Cassidy: DC Office: 202-224-5824; Metairie office: 504-838-0130; Monroe: 318-324-2111; Lake Charles: 337-493-5398; Alexandria: 318-448-7176
Senator John Kennedy: DC office: 202-224-4623; New Orleans: 504-581-6190; Lafayette: (337) 269-5980; Monroe: (318) 361-1489; Alexandria: (318) 445-2892; Baton Rouge: (225) 926-8033; Shreveport: (318) 670-5192
Because of how Congressional districts are drawn, New Orleans residents have either Richmond or Scalise as their representative. If you don't know who your representative is, you can look it up by entering your home address on the U.S. House of Representatives website.
Representative Cedric Richmond - in DC at (202) 225-6636, and in New Orleans at (504) 288-3777
Representative Steve Scalise - in DC at (202) 225-3015, and in Metairie at (504) 837-1259
Hello. My name is [Your Name] and I'm an active voter from New Orleans, ZIP Code 70118 [Or wherever you’re from].
I'm calling to demand the Representative loudly condemn the recent actions of CBP at the San Ysidro US-Mexico border crossing, where asylum seekers were attacked with tear gas. I expect the Representative to work actively to fix the current humanitarian crisis at our borders by introducing and supporting legislation that mandates humane, timely, and impartial review of asylum claims.
Thank you for your time and attention.
This call is adapted from 5calls.org, which can be viewed here.