FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 9, 2018
CWS Denounces Administration’s Asylum Ban
CWS demands the U.S. obey its own laws and meet international and moral obligations to welcome people seeking protection
WASHINGTON, DC- In response to a new proclamation signed today by President Trump that illegally blocks people who cross between ports of entry from applying for asylum, Church World Service President and CEO Rev. John L. McCullough issued the following statement:
“This proclamation is cruel, unnecessary, and illegal. With the stroke of a pen, President Trump has denied vulnerable families their fundamental right to safety and condemned them to return to unfathomable danger.
“We urge Congress to reject this asylum ban, as well as the unconscionable expansion of family incarceration. CWS calls on the administration to restore the Central American Minors (CAM) program, a key path to protection in the United States for Central American children that the administration eliminated last year.
“The United States can easily and fairly process all of the families and individuals who arrive at our borders seeking protection. Ensuring due process for vulnerable families and individuals seeking protection should be our first priority.
“As our government abandons these families at their time of greatest need, CWS and people of faith across our nation will not desert them. We will continue to provide support and resources for migrant families on both sides of the border, while advocating for a swift reversal of these dangerous policies.”
Church World Service has repeatedly decried such heartless and illegal policies as blatant attacks on the world’s most vulnerable people. Earlier this week, CWS joined 715 religious leaders and faith-based organizations in a letter to all Members of Congress opposing these policies and demanding that Congress ensure the United States meets its legal and humanitarian obligations to protect those fleeing violence, desperation, and persecution.
Since 1946, Church World Service has supported refugees, immigrants and other displaced individuals, in addition to providing sustainable relief and development solutions to communities that wrestle with hunger and poverty. Learn more about our work and join our global homebase for refugee solidarity at GreaterAs1.org.