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Amnesty International Condemns Biden Administration’s Asylum Ban

February 21, 2023

Amnesty International USA condemns the Biden Administration’s announcement of a new policy that would undermine the human right to seek asylum. This new asylum ban would block protections for anyone that did not seek asylum while crossing through third countries, a policy that was previously attempted during the Trump Administration and halted in the courts due to its illegality. While we continue to welcome the new humanitarian parole program for Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans, and Venezuelans, it can not and must not come at the expense of the right to seek asylum as established in both U.S. and international law. It is shameful for this administration to turn its back on its commitment to human rights and its campaign promise to restore asylum, and instead revive a Trump-era policy that’s been found to be cruel and unconstitutional. The U.S. must change course and uphold human rights at the border rather than giving into fear mongering and hateful rhetoric and advancing policies of exclusion.

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