CVT Condemns Reported Trump Administration Plan to Close Southern Border to Asylum Seekers | Center for Victims of Torture

CVT Condemns Reported Trump Administration Plan to Close Southern Border to Asylum Seekers

Friday, October 26, 2018

WASHINGTON — The Center for Victims of TortureTM (CVT) released this statement in response to reports of the Trump Administration considering implementing a new “travel ban” – this one to bar Central Americans from seeking asylum in the United States.

“Banning Central Americans from seeking asylum in the U.S. is not only unconscionable but also a violation of U.S. and international law. All people have the legal right to seek protection from persecution.

“Turning away women, children and men seeking safe haven in our country runs counter to American values. As Americans, we have a proud history of welcoming those fleeing violence and persecution. The U.S. has historically served as a place of refuge and a beacon of human rights. To millions of families, America has meant opportunity. America has meant hope.

“And part of that hope begins with safety and care. In our clinical work, every day we extend rehabilitative care to survivors of torture who have survived unthinkable physical and psychological traumas. And because of our extensive work with asylum seekers, we are well aware of the secondary effects of torture on family members, particularly children. When people escape violence and flee to the United States, they have often been profoundly affected by torture. They need safety and rehabilitative care.

“Over and over, the Trump White House has advocated cruelty over sensible, humane options for addressing vulnerable people fleeing to our country in search of protection. It does not have to be this way, and in this case it is not too late for the President to choose a different course.” – Yasmine Taeb, CVT senior policy counsel


The Center for Victims of Torture is a nonprofit organization headquartered in St. Paul, MN, with offices in Atlanta, GA, and Washington, D.C.; and healing initiatives in Africa and the Middle East.


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