San Diego, California — Today on International Human Rights Day, the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), AFL-CIO is proud to have their board members and staff travel to the border in San Diego to join the American Friends Service Committee, faith leaders, and communities across the country to stand in solidarity with all migrants who are seeking refuge in the U.S.
APALA National President Monica Thammarath of the National Education Association stated: “What is happening at the border is unconscionable. The families, children, and individuals traveling from Central America have left their homes to escape poverty, to keep their families safe from violence, to seek a better life in America. But as they approached the border, the militarization and violence they were met with and the blatant attempt to restrict their right to seek asylum could be described as nothing short of cruel and inhumane. Instead of upholding our values of openness and diversity, the actions of the Trump administration continue to demonstrate its blatant anti-immigrant, white supremacist agenda.”
APALA Executive Director Alvina Yeh added: “My own parents came to the U.S. as refugees fleeing the the atrocities and terrors of the Vietnam War, and because of that opportunity, they were able give my brothers and me a life free from violence. Today, APALA is proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder and fight back against the inhumane treatment of workers, families, and children who are seeking asylum. We have a duty not only to demand for the dignity and justice for migrants and all asylum seekers, but also to protect the fabric of our nation from the tyrannical policies we are witnessing from the current administration.”
APALA 2nd Vice President Johanna Puno Hester added: “Every day, migrants are risking everything for the same opportunities our families once had: the chance to thrive, grow, and prosper. We’re fighting for what’s right because love knows no border. Each and every person seeking asylum deserve to be healthy and to live and work in safe communities free from violence, poverty, and prosecution.”
The “Love Knows No Border” action calls for the protection of migrants seeking refuge and sanctuary and rejects the militarization of border communities. For more information, please visit: https://migrantjustice.afsc.org/.