The Executive Order signed by President Trump on April 22, 2020 is nothing more than another brazen attempt to decimate the U.S. immigration system and separate families. It scapegoats immigrants in the midst of a global pandemic, despite the fact that immigrants across the country are putting their lives on the line to help – including serving as doctors, nurses, personal care attendants, and harvesters, transporters, and sellers of food – and even when we know that the U.S. has the most cases of COVID-19 of any country in the world and, in fact, has deported people with the disease to Central America, as confirmed by partners in Guatemala and Honduras.
The administration has been systematically turning away those who seek safety, dignity, freedom, and prosperity in the United States for over three years, culminating in its numerous attempts to use a global pandemic to push through its racist immigration agenda. Right now, under the guise of a public health measure, people who fear for their lives are being expelled at the southern border, eviscerating asylum protections as well as safeguards for unaccompanied immigrant children. People who are considered extremely vulnerable to COVID 19 are incarcerated in immigration detention centers where the disease could spread like wildfire and socially distancing isn’t possible.
Furthermore, the administration continues to abdicate its responsibility to immigrants who are already in the United States and make our country stronger and to those who seek refuge or a better life on our shores. We continue to call on the administration to allow families to reunify, to release people from immigration detention, to parole those who are in the Remain in Mexico program into the United States where they can safely practice social distancing and await their court dates, and to suspend immigration court proceedings until the public health threat posed by COVID-19 has passed.
We will always fight unequivocally and relentlessly for the dignity and human rights of all immigrants. Your support makes this possible. Thank you.