U.S. Government Forcibly Returning Asylum Seekers to Mexico Violates U.S. & International Law



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U.S. Government Forcibly Returning Asylum Seekers to Mexico Violates U.S. & International Law

CWS condemns administration’s latest act of cruelty, as returning asylum seekers to Mexico will place many at risk

Washington, D.C. – In response to reports that the United States has begun forcibly returning asylum seekers from Central America back to Mexico, in violation of U.S. and international law, Rev. John L. McCullough, President and CEO of Church World Service issued the following statement:

“This ‘Remain in Mexico’ plan is the latest step in the administration’s campaign of cruelty and illegality, which has claimed the lives of migrant children and torn families apart. Instead of addressing the inhumane policies that led to the recent deaths of children in CBP custody, including 8-year-old asylum-seeker Felipe Alonzo-Gomez, the U.S. government is closing our doors to others seeking protection and sending them back to danger. This illegal policy destabilizes Mexican and U.S. border communities alike, and sows the same kind of chaos we saw during the height of the family separation crisis.

CWS urges the administration to immediately terminate its immoral ‘Remain in Mexico’ plan and to stop its attacks against asylum seekers and all immigrants. The administration should instead meaningfully address the root causes of displacement, without undermining the U.S. asylum system or anti-trafficking and child protections. Faith communities across our country are ready to welcome these families and help them rebuild their lives as our neighbors.”

CWS has launched a comprehensive effort to support families fleeing violence and conflict in Central America and help them access the safe home they deserve. Learn more and get involved at https://cwsglobal.org/protect-vulnerable-families/.

CWS’ statements on the Trump administration’s previous attempts to undermine asylum protections can be found here and here.

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.