CGRS condemns the sweeping policy changes announced today shutting down the U.S.-Mexico border and turning back asylum seekers without due process. It is shameful that in the face of an unprecedented public health crisis, the Trump Administration is once again choosing to scapegoat those fleeing persecution and escalate its attacks on their rights. This new policy is plainly illegal and will place vulnerable women, children, and families directly in harm’s way.

Yesterday the Supreme Court granted the Trump Administration’s request for a stay in Innovation Law Lab v. Wolf, allowing the government’s so-called Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) to remain in effect while the court decides whether to review the case. "We will continue to fight for an end to MPP and are hopeful that the court will ultimately reinstate the injunction against this dangerous and illegal policy," CGRS Legal Director Blaine Bookey said.

"The court’s decision clearly and unequivocally states that MPP is illegal, violating both U.S. and international law and inflicting ‘extreme and irreversible harm’ on our plaintiffs," CGRS Director Karen Musalo said. "CGRS will continue fighting for a permanent end to this inhumane and unlawful policy, which has caused untold pain and suffering for desperate asylum seekers fleeing persecution."