Closing the Border to Asylum Seekers Won’t Stop Coronavirus – Ms. Magazine

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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.

Asylum seekers—including a 10-day-old infant—arrive in Tijuana, Mexico. (Daniel Arauz / Creative Commons)

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…

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