Humanitarian Disgrace: U.S. Continues to Illegally Block, Expel Refugees to Danger [open pdf - 399KB]
From the Document: "The Trump Administration continues to break U.S. laws and treaty obligations that protect refugees from persecution, returning to danger people seeking protection at the southern border. In addition to implementing its notorious 'Remain in Mexico' program, the Trump Administration has weaponized public health powers since the beginning of the pandemic to ban children, families, and adults from requesting asylum at official ports of entry and to expel those who cross the border in search of protection - delivering them back either to the countries they fled or to escalating violence in Mexico. [...] Instead of blocking people seeking humanitarian protection, the U.S. government should employ measures recommended by public health experts [hyperlink] - such as distancing and masks, health screenings, testing, and use of non-congregate settings - to expeditiously [hyperlink] process and parole asylum seekers under existing legal authority, pending immigration court proceedings. Case management [hyperlink] alternatives to detention can be employed where asylum seekers sheltering with family or friends need additional appearance support."
2020 Human Rights First. Posted here with permission. Documents are for personal use only and not for commercial profit.
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