Abysmal 15,000 Refugee Restriction Will Harm Countless Lives

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 2, 2020

 

Contact: 

Yancy Nunez, [email protected] 

Nancy Treviño, [email protected], (786) 201-8958

 

 

Human rights — not white supremacy and violence — should Govern the Trump Administration, and Congress

 

The following is a joint statement from Alianza Americas and Presente.org:

 

We believe that, as a country, we must support the human rights of all, especially those who have been persecuted, violently displaced, trafficked, or tortured, which is the case for those seeking refuge in the United States.

 

The proposal by the Trump administration to further and dramatically decrease the number of refugees admitted to the U.S. announced yesterday is the latest attempt in a racist, xenophobic agenda that has governed this country for the last four years. In Fiscal year 2020, the U.S. only admitted 10,800 refugees, of an extremely reduced quota of 18,000, which we previously condemned. Rather than increasing that number and showing its generosity as tens of millions are displaced from their homes, this administration is shutting its doors to people in need, further separating families and enabling wide-scale human rights abuses. 

 

Congress is complicit in the Trump Administration’s cruel, outlaw, racist, self-enriching immigration policies that deny basic human rights and defy core values we should practice as a nation. These racist policies call into question the Trump Administration’s legitimacy to govern and the government’s commitment to fairness, human rights, and human dignity.

 

The refugee restriction is denying opportunities to millions of people and families who seek international protection, who are living in refugee camps experiencing extreme hardship, and anxiously await the opportunity to resettle in a country where they can safely rebuild their lives and their futures. Even during an economic, climate, and health crisis, the U.S. has the means and the experience to welcome thousands of refugees. This is not the time for selfish measures. On the contrary, this is the time to join efforts to save human lives. If anything, this pandemic has taught us that our lives and futures are all interconnected.  

 

Decreasing the refugee quota is unjustified and does not represent the values of generosity, solidarity and welcoming families that civic and religious organizations, neighborhoods, and communities display every day across the country. Refugees are welcomed and are part of the American identity. We reject another white supremacist effort in an administration that has turned its back to its international commitments and to its role in the global community. We demand an increase in refugee admissions to a minimum of 125,000 per year, and reforms to admission, including new grounds of persecution, such as climate change. The richest nation on Earth should distinguish itself for its generosity when it comes to resettling refugees.

 

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Alianza Americas is a network of migrant-led organizations working in the United States and transnationally to create an inclusive, equitable and sustainable way of life for communities across North, Central and South America.

 

Presente.org is the nation’s largest online Latinx organizing group, with more than 500,000 members, advancing social justice with technology, media, and culture. Build Power, change culture, and ¡Stay Presente!  

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