Concerning Central American Refugees
WHEREAS, civil war in El Salvador has resulted in more than 45,000 political deaths; and
WHEREAS, there is no significant change in officially sanctioned violence, and death squads continue to operate with impunity; and
WHEREAS, almost all asylum requests have been denied by the US Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS);
BE IT RESOLVED: That the 1984 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association supports specific rectifying legislation, H.R. 4447, sponsored by Rep. Joe Moakley of Massachusetts and others, and S. 2131, sponsored by Sen. Dennis DeConcini of Arizona, which provides for the temporary suspension of deportation of certain aliens who are nationals of El Salvador and for Presidential and Congressional review of conditions in El Salvador; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That this Assembly urges that refugees in the US from Guatemala be also protected under the same legislation; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: That this Assembly urges Unitarian Universalists to support actively those Unitarian Universalist societies and other religious communities which offer sanctuary to El Salvadoran and other Central American refugees.