September 12, 2017

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Congress to Consider Parental Rights, Asylum for Persecuted

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William Estrada, Esq. by WILLIAM ESTRADA Director of Federal Relations

September brings more than the start of a new school year. Congress has returned from summer recess, which means homeschooling parents can now contact their federal legislators regarding two important issues.

Your calls will help move these issues to the top of your senators’ and congressman’s list of priorities—and raise the profile of homeschool freedom.

Here’s what we’re asking you to do.

Support the Parental Rights Amendment

In early August, Senator Lindsey Graham (SC) introduced Senate Joint Resolution 48 calling for a Parental Rights Amendment (PRA) to the United States Constitution—a measure that would protect children by empowering parents. The amendment aims to set in black-and-white the protections already implicitly recognized by our nation’s highest laws.

Graham was joined in sponsoring the resolution by Senators Marco Rubio (FL), Jim Risch (ID), Chuck Grassley (IA), Roy Blunt (MO), and Johnny Isakson (GA).

If one of these six senators is from your state, please call him (dial 202-224-3121 for the Capitol switchboard) and thank him for standing up for parents and children. If your senator has not yet cosponsored the PRA, please call and urge him or her to cosponsor the PRA.

To find out more about the PRA and how you can help, click here.

Support Asylum for Persecuted Homeschooling Families

In July, the House Judiciary Committee approved a measure that would allow a small number of foreign homeschooling families to apply for asylum in order to escape persecution in their home countries. House Resolution 391—the Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act of 2017—could come up for a vote before the full House of Representatives at any time.

Please call your U.S. representative at 202-224-3121 and urge him or her to protect persecuted homeschooling families overseas by voting in favor of H.R. 391.

Resources

Thank you for standing with us to ensure that our nation’s laws continue to protect homeschool freedom. If you do not know who your members of Congress are, you can use HSLDA’s legislative toolbox.

If you would like help drafting a letter to your elected representatives in Congress or have questions for HSLDA’s Federal Relations department, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 540-338-5600 or federalrelations@hslda.org.