Death of Immigrant Father and Daughter Should Shame Us All

Congress Should Put the Brakes on Inhumane and Racist Policies

WASHINGTON – Refuge For Families, a transnational coalition aiming to find meaningful solutions to the plight of Central Americans fleeing their homeland, released a statement on the death of Oscar Ramirez and his 23-month-old daughter, Valeria.

“Our heart is with the Ramirez family in this moment of so much pain. Oscar Ramirez fled El Salvador with his family looking to give his daughter a future in the United States. He and his family are victims of a racist system that punishes rather than protects people who need our help and compassion,” said Oscar Chacón, Executive Director of Alianza Americas. According to his widow, Ramirez tried to apply for asylum but was met with closed ports of entries.

“Instead of working toward solutions to the problems that compel people to flee their homelands, the Trump Administration has decided to throw children in concentration camps, dismantle our asylum system, and militarize southern borders communities. The sharp reduction in the number of refugees and asylum seekers allowed into the country has contributed to the desperate measures taken by people like the Ramirez family,” said Sulma Arias, Immigration Field Director for the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM).

“America can and should do better. All of our systems of protection are being threatened and undermined by this administration. Trump has slashed the refugee resettlement admissions goal from 110,000 in FY 2016 to just 30,000 this year. At the same time, our asylum system is under constant attack. The latest move to force asylum seekers to “remain in Mexico” while their cases are considered will result in more deaths of those who seek our protection. The U.S. should commit to welcoming more, not fewer refugees and asylum seekers and roll back the attacks on our asylum system. We urge Congress to weigh in immediately and create a robust refugee admissions goal and humanitarian protections for Central Americans and other asylum seekers,” said Stephanie Stephens, Campaign Manager for We Are All America.

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