In the News / January 2016

The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants denounces immigration raids and the President’s treatment of women and children as criminals

January 5, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants denounces immigration raids and the President’s treatment of women and children as criminals

The U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) is disappointed to hear of the immigration raids on women and children around the country. We urge President Obama to stop these inhumane and ineffective raids on families. The President must ensure that women and children seeking asylum have a fair chance to tell their stories in court, upholding our country’s tradition of due process and fairness.

“Raids will not stop people who are facing death from coming to U.S. These women and children came to the U.S. seeking protection, and it is shameful that U.S. is turning its back on them,” said Lavinia Limon, President/CEO, USCRI.

In yesterday’s statement, Secretary Johnson stated that raids were conducted in cases with final removal orders and no asylum claims. However Central American asylum-seekers have a high evidentiary burden that makes it exceedingly difficult to obtain protection despite having strong claims. In our work with unaccompanied immigrant children here in the U.S. and through our office in El Salvador, USCRI has heard hundreds of stories about the horrible conditions forcing them to flee.

“We have seen the barriers that inconsistent U.S. policies and case law create for Central Americans seeking asylum. These barriers along with inadequate resources, like legal representation, do not give them a fair chance to tell their story to the immigration judges,” said Ms. Limon.

The President must stop treating women and children like criminals and ensure they have a fair chance to tell their stories in court, consistent with our nation’s tradition of due process and protecting the most vulnerable.

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For more information, please contact Stacie Blake at sblake@uscridc.org or

703-310-1166.

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