People from around the world immigrate to the United States, often seeking asylum from violence or unlivable conditions. While it is legal for people to request asylum at border stations, the action is often treated as if it were a criminal offense, as these people who are already vulnerable are sent to detention centers that have living conditions resembling prisons. In a new place with little understanding of the language and legal system, it is very hard for these vulnerable people to find help, make their case for asylum, and find their way on the small chance that it is granted.
Our core belief is that every person deserves equal opportunity to live a meaningful and fulfilling life. This system makes it very hard for these immigrants to do just that. And while we do hope that we can pursue legal change to remove these barriers and keep these people from being robbed of their humanity, safety, and sense of self, we do have the opportunity to provide for these people right now.
Justice for Immigrants Seeking Asylum (JISA) advocates for justice for asylum seekers detained in Adelanto and other detention facilities in the San Gabriel Valley, Riverside, and San Bernadino counties by:
1) helping to secure legal assistance while they are in detention
2) helping to pay bond when set
3) providing post-release aid for legal counsel, travel to family, and/or basic necessities.
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For more information about the conditions our neighbors seeking asylum are living under in detention, see the following stories about the Adelanto detention facility in Southern California: