April 9, 2020

NEW: Trump Administration Uses Public Health Measure to Bypass Immigration Laws, Denies All Asylum Seekers

Today, acting Customs and Border Protection (CBP) commissioner Mark Morgan announced the implementation of rapid expulsions, closing the door on asylum seekers and expelling 10,000 people since March 21st. 

Families Belong Together co-director Paola Luisi released the following statement in response:

“Rather than focusing on saving lives from the coronavirus threat, the Trump administration is using a global pandemic to advance a white supremacist agenda with no regard for the wellbeing of children and families. This is a time to be true to our nation’s values of compassion and caring for our neighbor, because only by standing together will we prevail through this outbreak.”

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The Families Belong Together coalition includes nearly 250 different groups comprising tens of thousands of Americans from all backgrounds who have joined together to fight the Trump Administration’s cruel family separation and anti-immigrant agenda. Led by the National Domestic Workers Alliance, MoveOn, the ACLU, FWD.us and The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the Families Belong Together coalition organized the National Day of Action that saw hundreds of thousands of people protest the family separation policy and other inhumane immigration policies at more than 780 events in all 50 states. The coalition is at the forefront of the fight to permanently end family separation and incarceration, immediately reunite all families who remain torn apart, reverse the Trump administration’s zero-humanity policy that created this crisis, and hold accountable anyone who has profited politically or financially from the suffering of these families.