Statement from Eric Schwartz, president, Refugees International on President Trump’s Declaration of a National Emergency in Order to Secure Funding for the Border Wall:
“The efforts of individuals to seek asylum in the United States does not constitute a national security crisis. In manufacturing this so-called crisis, the administration seeks to justify its efforts to close off asylum in violation of American law and tradition. Tragically, this action will only heighten the dangers faced by Central American families seeking protection in the United States.”
For more information, see Refugees International’s memo to President Trump outlining an alternative approach toward migration and asylum issues involving Central American asylum seekers.