The Trump administration has closed the northern and southern borders to many non-citizens, with some exceptions, including those entering the U.S. for commercial purposes.
Asylum-seekers are not on this list of exceptions.
Instead, the administration plans to turn back anyone seeking asylum: a direct violation of our laws and our international treaty obligations. Even in the time of pandemic, shuttering our doors is not the answer.
A coalition of public health experts and human rights organizations have urgently pressed the administration to take a different path—especially along the southern border with Mexico—where thousands of people are living in makeshift camps as a result of U.S. policies that have left them stranded there during immigration…