Groups Urge Trump Administration to Stop Turning Back Asylum Seekers

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182 organizations called on the Trump administration to immediately rescind its policy of turning back asylum seekers at the border. Pictured: “Refugees Welcome” rally at the Capitol, October 2019. (Victoria Pickering)

In a letter sent to Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf yesterday, 182 organizations called on the Trump administration to immediately rescind its policy of turning back asylum seekers at the border.

To date, this policy has resulted in the expulsions of upwards of 7,000 asylum seekers, with no legal process whatsoever.

The 182 groups who signed the letter all advocate on behalf of survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, asylum seekers, immigrants and stateless people—including the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies, ADL (Anti-Defamation League), the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence, the Tahirih Justice Center and…

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