FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – The America Team for Displaced Eritreans

U.S. TO DEPORT ERITREANS TO LIKELY TORTURE OR DEATH

(MEDIA, PA, December 22, 2017) The America Team for Displaced Eritreans, joined by some 78 other organizations, has sent a letter to senior U.S. government officials urging that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) suspend the imminent deportation of some 700 Eritreans under an order that the department had issued on September 13, 2017. The letter expresses the signatories’ concern that any Eritreans who are removed are likely to be tortured or killed by the Eritrean regime.
The letter was addressed to the DHS Secretary, the Secretary of State, the Acting Director of ICE, the Ambassador to the United Nations, and the four leading members of Congress tasked with overseeing DHS through their committees. The letter appears here: http://eritreanrefugees.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/ERITREA-700-URGENT-LETTER-2.pdf .
The America Team has been advocating against such a suspension since September. The organization urges the Eritrean American community to consider taking the following actions:
1. Send a copy of the letter to your members of Congress, in both the Senate and the House of Representations. If possible, meet with their staff in person to discuss the matter.
2. For any Eritreans who have lost good faith asylum claims – including those who
have been released from detention under orders of supervision – engage capable counsel at the earliest possible moment so as to reduce the risk of removal to Eritrea. Important materials in this regard appear here: http://eritreanrefugees.org/reference-materials-2/ .
3. For any Eritreans who have been contacted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for possible deportation, advise The America Team confidentially, so as to facilitate the tracking of the government’s enforcement efforts relative to the DHS order. Individuals may write to mail@EritreanRefugees.org .

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  • Danilo December 25, 2017

    I wish all eritreans have immediate relief on the occasion of Christmas and Happy New year 2018. The trump of USA should follow the example of Italy which is poor country but generous in front line. grazie Italia sending its planes full of panettone and return with desperate women and children.

  • Danilo December 25, 2017

    Buon natale a tutti! Condividere tutti abbi pietà fratelli .

  • FM December 26, 2017

    I would like to express my deep appreciation for Eritreanrefugees.org. I have seen their hard work of advocacy on behalf of displaced Eritreans here and abroad. Many accomplishments on behalf of Eritrean refugees can be attributed to this groups, especially to Mr. Stauffer, who uses his own resources (time and treasure) to help our people. Though we have different views about the political dynamics in Eritrea, we Eritreans should never close our eyes to the humanitarian catastrophe befalling on our people. Therefore, use whatever means, network and influence to advocate for those who are caught in such unfortunate circumstances, such as those designated to be deported. There are hundreds of them too in status limbo under the legal shadows in USA and parts of Europe. There are enough of us to make political noise and influence, especially in US and Canada, where access to our legislators is relatively easy.

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