Office of the Spokesperson
November 30, 2018
Americas: US government endangers asylum seekers with unlawful policies
A federal judge has temporarily blocked a new United States government policy restricted asylum along the southern border only to people arriving at ports of entry.
Jason Cone, executive director of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)-USA, made the following statement regarding the decision:
Groups of families, including many young people and small children escaping violence, poverty and persecution in Central America, are not a new phenomenon.
For several years, people have fled Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and other countries to head north towards the USA.
Travelling as a group, many make the exhausting and dangerous journey through Mexico. Some travel with their children. Many have the aim of seeking protection as refugees in the USA or in Mexico.
The following statement is attributable to Physicians for Human Rights’ Asylum Network Program Officer Kathryn Hampton, MSt:
Among the people on the move in Central America and Mexico today, many are fleeing life-threatening violence or persecution and are in need of international protection. UNHCR expects all countries, including the United States, to make sure any person in need of refugee protection and humanitarian assistance is able to receive both promptly and without obstruction in accordance with the 1967 refugee Protocol to which the United States is a party.
Washington, DC (November 9, 2018) Today, the Trump Administration announced sweeping changes to the asylum system, blocking people who enter the U.S. between ports of entry from seeking asylum. The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a Quaker organization that has worked with migrants and refugees for over 100 years, spoke out against the announcement.
In response to changes in federal regulations that could limit the right of migrants to seek asylum in the United States, Mercy Corps is issuing the following statement, attributable to Dr. Dafna H. Rand, Vice President for Policy and Research:
Statement by Eric Schwartz, president of Refugees International, on Proposed Administration Rule and Anticipated Presidential Proclamation on Asylum:
“The U.S. Department of Homeland Security memorandum on limiting access to asylum is appalling, and Refugees International is deeply alarmed about any presidential proclamation that would bar access to asylum to those entering the United States between U.S. ports of entry.
Ciudad de Guatemala, 5 Nov (AGN).- El Gobierno de Guatemala logró a la fecha 1.500 reunificaciones de menores que habían sido separados de sus padres en Estados Unidos desde mayo pasado, cuando se puso en vigencia la política migratoria de “tolerancia cero”, informó hoy una fuente diplomática.
“A la fecha se han reunificado a más de 1.500 menores no acompañados en Estados Unidos y el tres por ciento de estos fueron retornados con familiares a Guatemala”, indicó el vicecanciller, Pablo García.
In response to President Trump’s plans to implement restrictive policies to limit the rights of migrants, refugees, and people seeking asylum from Central America, Amnesty International’s Secretary General Kumi Naidoo issued this statement:
La Organización Internacional para las Migraciones considera que enviar soldados a la frontera con México no hará que menos personas intenten llegar al país y advierte de que esta medida aumenta las ganancias de los traficantes de personas.
Enviar militares a la frontera de Estados Unidos con México será previsiblemente poco útil para disuadir a los inmigrantes que se dirigen en caravana hacia el país, según la Organización Internacional para las Migraciones.
Aumenta el éxodo de quienes abandonan Centroamérica en busca de protección
Statement from Carolyn Miles, President & CEO, Save the Children U.S.
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (October 30, 2018) – In response to the ongoing treatment and potential future actions against children at and migrating to the U.S.-Mexico border, Carolyn Miles, President and CEO of Save the Children, issued the following statement:
(Washington, DC) – Any policies adopted by the United States that result in returning people fleeing violence in Central America to persecution or torture would violate US obligations, Human Rights Watch said. President Donald Trump is expected to announce an executive order on October 30, 2018 that will reportedly use various methods to block people fleeing violence from accessing asylum in the US.
Trump’s new restrictions mean long waits simply to register claims
The movement of thousands of Central American asylum seekers and migrants north from Honduras towards the southern border of the United States has precipitated threats from US President Donald Trump – ahead of next week’s midterm elections – to block the group’s entry by deploying troops to the US-Mexican border.
Read more on IRIN.
In response to reports that President Trump plans to take executive action blocking refugees and people seeking asylum from Central America from entering the United States to request protection, Erika Guevara Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International, said:
“The Trump administration is defying international law and manufacturing a crisis at the border by proposing policies that would cause catastrophic and irreparable harm to thousands of families who had no choice but to leave home in order to keep their children safe from harm.”
As part of a global network, Red Cross and Red Crescent teams have long delivered humanitarian relief to migrants around the world—most recently providing first aid, water, and family reconnection services to thousands walking through Central America. Here at home, the American Red Cross helps migrants in a number of ways, including responding to requests for services and support from government authorities and other nonprofits assisting the needs of migrants.
October 24, 2018
Statement by Neal Keny-Guyer, Chief Executive Officer
WASHINGTON – The global organization Mercy Corps urges the governments of Mexico, Guatemala and the United States to protect the estimated 7,000 Honduran migrants traveling in a caravan through Guatemala and Mexico toward the United States, in line with key principles of international human rights.
WASHINGTON (Oct. 24, 2018) – In response to the Trump administration’s statements on the migrant caravan, CARE calls on America’s leaders to reaffirm our nation’s long-standing respect for humanitarian principles and solidarity with people seeking a dignified life free of violence and full of opportunity.