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Reacting to news that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has halted the district court’s injunction of the Remain in Mexico plan, Charanya Krishnaswami, advocacy director for the Americas at Amnesty International USA, issued this statement:

“The decision to allow this cruel and irresponsible policy to continue will put many more people seeking protection in harm’s way. This month, we saw firsthand in San Diego and El Paso how this policy puts asylum-seekers at grave risk of discrimination, exploitation, sexual violence, kidnapping, and death and prevents them from accessing attorneys in proceedings that are a matter of life and death.  It is an outrageous violation of domestic and international law for the United States to shut its doors to people fleeing desperate situations. The administration must immediately stop playing with people’s lives and put an end to this cruel policy now.”