TAKE ACTION – Leave a public comment by March 27 to say #NoAsylumBan.
President Biden announced his plan to propose new asylum restrictions despite his campaign promises to restore asylum (see President Biden’s proposed asylum ban- 5 things to know). The proposed restrictions will prohibit most people from exercising their right to seek protection in the United States if they cannot prove they applied for and were denied asylum in a country through which they traveled through. The only exception is if they have made an appointment at a port of entry using the CBP One application.
Your voice can make a difference. We are now in a short, critical window of time where we still have the chance to urge the administration to withdraw the rule, and we need your help.
Can you take a few minutes to urge the Biden administration to immediately withdraw this inhumane asylum ban? Click here to take action!
Many thanks to all who came out for the Annual Dinner.
We had an incredible time together at the Phoenix dinner on March 11 as we seek the next horizon of hospitality. The night was made possible by the support of generous sponsors who filled the event with hope, joy, and solidarity.
To our Vision, Mission, Companion, and Table Sponsors: we thank you. Your leadership in modeling generosity and commitment have made it possible to grow our capacity to come alongside and welcome migrants. Our hearts are full, and we couldn’t be more grateful!
Mark your calendar for “We Say Welcome,” our March 21st Binational Action to decry Title 42.
Marking three long years of the US government turning its back on families seeking safety, faith leaders come together to urge US officials to restore a pathway to refuge for women, men and children who have been stuck in danger and uncertainty for months or years. As the Biden Administration and other elected officials publicly acknowledge the end of the pandemic, they continue to keep doors closed to asylum seekers under the pretext of COVID restrictions. During the event, faith leaders will share the ways they have opened their arms to welcome families seeking safety in their communities, and why their faith inspires them to do so. People waiting in Nogales for access to a fair, humane process will share the obstacles they face while stranded in Mexico, including challenges to acquiring an appointment for processing through the CBPOne App. Join us on March 21st 1:00pm for a binational solidarity action at the DeConcini Port of Entry. Click here for details.
Join us in celebrating Jaret and Victor’s legacy at Kino on April 4.
Words cannot capture the many ways Victor and Jaret have impacted all of us and the effort they have put into seeking #MigrationwithDignity. Soon, we will say good-bye to these two incredible team members as they look to a new season and a new call as part of their rhythm with the Society of Jesus. Come share your appreciation and words of blessing. Register for the virtual cafecito by clicking here.
USCCB & KBI Announce “Together on the Journey of Hope” Youth Art Contest 2023.
In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the pastoral letter Strangers No Longer: Together on the Journey of Hope, issued by the Catholic Bishops of Mexico and the United States, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops/ Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS) and the Kino Border Initiative (KBI) is sponsoring a migration themed youth and young adult art that highlights the subtitle of the letter, which reads “Together of the Journey of Hope.”
Deadline to submit: May 22, 2023. Click here for full details on how to participate.
Kino is hiring for multiple positions.
We are currently looking to hire an Education Coordinator, Cook, and most recently, an Organizational Development Leader. For job descriptions and instructions on how to apply, click here.
Applications for summer volunteer positions are open.
Kino Border Initiative thrives because of the dedication and solidarity of volunteers from both sides of the border. For more information click here.
Seeking unlocked Smartphone donations for CBP One.
The US government has opened the opportunity for asylum seekers to request an appointment to appear at the port of entry and speak directly with an agent. The way to make this appointment is by applying directly using a specific app on a smartphone. You can help ensure that every migrant has access to the system by donating your old smartphone. While this new system is a woefully insufficient step towards restoring asylum access, we are committed to helping as many of our migrant siblings access it as we can. Click here for details on how to donate a phone.
Migrant Accompaniment Panel video recording.
Over 100 people attended our #Migrant Accompaniment panel on March 2 including Audrey, who has personally hosted migrants seeking protection. If you didn’t get to attend live, click here to watch the recording.