• Press Release

U.S. Border Closure is Cruel, Short-sighted, and Opportunistic

March 20, 2020

Amnesty International USA activists speak out against a ban and a wall against people
AIUSA Executive Director Margaret and AI Secretary General Salil Shetty delivered a letter to the Department of Homeland Security Secretary, outlining numerous personal stories of people who are affected by the Muslim ban, asking DHS to release full information about how the ban has been implemented, and demanding that DHS help roll back the ban. As a part of the protests outside, we projected “No Ban, No Wall” on the building along with photos of refugees in Lebanon and Kenya provided by Magnum Photography.
Responding to the United States announcement that the country will imminently close its border with Mexico  and Canada, Charanya Krishnaswami, the Advocacy Director for the Americas at Amnesty International USA, said:

“It’s hard to imagine travel more essential than the journey an asylum-seeker makes to flee persecution. Yet today’s restrictions, which empower the US to push back people who lack proper documentation, may inexcusably prevent asylum-seekers and unaccompanied children – two of the populations at greatest risk of danger – from accessing safety.

“This is cruel, short-sighted, and opportunistic. Every person has the right to seek safety. Full stop.”

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More information: 

Trump administration using coronavirus pandemic to justify discriminatory ban on asylum-seekers at southern border (news statement, March 18, 2020)