Please see below statement from Refugees International’s Deputy Director for the Americas and Europe Dr. Yael Schacher:
“Refugees International welcomes today’s unanimous decision by a federal appeals court prohibiting summary expulsion of those seeking refuge at the U.S. southern border to places where they face persecution or torture.
Refugees International calls on the Biden administration to implement the ruling immediately given the court’s finding that those expelled have “walk[ed] the plank” to “death, torture, and rape.” And Refugees International calls on the Biden administration to end the misuse of the Title 42 public health authority, whose purpose in limiting the spread of COVID-19 the court questioned.
As several federal courts have now ruled, the prohibition on non-refoulement is mandatory. And as Refugees International has repeatedly argued, it is long past time to restart asylum processing at the southern border.”
For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Refugees International’s VP for Strategic Outreach Sarah Sheffer at email@example.com.
PHOTO CAPTION: A family from Haiti walks toward the United States border in Yuma, Arizona. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)