Newest Trump Administration Asylum Plan is Illegal and Inhumane, Says CVT | Center for Victims of Torture

Newest Trump Administration Asylum Plan is Illegal and Inhumane, Says CVT

Thursday, November 1, 2018

ST. PAUL, Minn. & WASHINGTON — The Center for Victims of TortureTM (CVT) today released this statement in response to the Trump Administration’s announcement that it will punish refugees seeking asylum if they enter the U.S. between points of entry.

“It has long been a cornerstone of United States’ refugee policy to offer safe haven to those who’ve been forced to flee violence and persecution in their home countries. Asylum in the U.S. has allowed thousands of new Americans to build lives, secure safety for their families, and establish vibrant communities across our nation. Punishing asylum seekers by subjecting them to prolonged, indefinite detention at the border in military-run tent cities denies the humanity of people who have survived unthinkable atrocities, including torture. Preventing them from accessing protection is also—and importantly—illegal. Doing so violates the United States 1980 Refugee Act as well as international law under the 1951 UN Refugee Convention.

“At our U.S. healing centers, the majority of our clients are asylum seekers; we hear from them every day about the horrors they’ve escaped and the magnitude of what they’ve risked to reach safety. Those behind this reprehensible action have no concept of what it means to leave your entire world behind and leap into the abyss in hopes of finding safety. Today’s announcement is nothing short of an outrage.” - 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. Visit

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