ACTION ALERT: Act to Support Work Authorization for Asylum Seekers (H.R. 1325)

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The Asylum Seeker Work Authorization Act (H.R. 1325) is bipartisan legislation introduced in the House of Representatives that would help asylum seekers meet their basic needs while their asylum claims are adjudicated. 

Urge your U.S. House Representative to Co-Sponsor the Asylum Seeker Work Authorization Act (H.R. 1325).

People fleeing personal danger and persecution have the right to seek asylum in the United States. As asylum seekers wait until their claim for protection is decided, they may be granted access to work permits. According to current law, asylum seekers may receive authorization to work as soon as 180 days after filing an asylum application, but in reality, this can take even longer. The current process is cumbersome and backlogged, which has a downstream impact on businesses interested in filling jobs. Shortening the current waiting period for work permits has support from business groups and other sectors.
Congregational sponsors in the ELCA AMMPARO network have found that work permits ensure asylum seekers can support themselves while pivoting support to other areas of need. Speaking about his experience accompanying asylum seekers, Bishop Dave Nagler, Pacifica Synod said, “Congress can enhance the vital role places of worship play as they walk with newcomers by addressing this wait period.” The ability to work is tied to the dignity of all human beings. Advocating for a “sufficient, sustainable livelihood for all” is found in the ELCA social statement on Economic Life. Concern for the dignity of our neighbors involves advocating for an individual’s ability to live and work in a dignified way. 
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POSTED: 5/2/2024

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