For Immediate Release

March 23, 2020

Contact: Sirine Shebaya, Executive Director:

Today more than 114 civil-society organizations led by NIPNLG sent a letter to Acting DHS Secretary Wolf expressing urgent concern about DHS’s just-announced changes to asylum processing at the border. The letter explains that expulsions of migrants without adequate fear screenings and subsequent due process are illegal under U.S. and international law. It requests information about “how actual and potential asylum seekers’ rights are protected under these new protocols, including full transparency on guidance sent to CBP officers and agents and CBP’s operational plan.” The letter emphasizes binding domestic and international legal obligations that DHS may be flouting, including the Refugee Act and U.N. Convention Against Torture. The groups conclude that “once again, DHS is now placing federal officials in untenable moral and legal jeopardy by ordering asylum seekers to be returned without adequate fear screening or due process.”

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