Target: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Sarah R. Saldaña
Goal: Stop targeting black immigrants in the asylum application process for deportation.
Dozens of African individuals were reportedly deported last month by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency despite the fact that all of them were seeking asylum and many had already passed an important step in the process. According to immigration activists, their “credible fear interviews” had been approved, meaning it had been found that returning these individuals to their home countries would put them in extreme danger.
Immigrants from certain parts of Africa often face unique barriers to asylum yet are disproportionately targeted for deportation. Nations like Somalia, for example, may not have the ability to provide the documents required by ICE that prove one’s identity. They’re also much less likely to have friends or family already in the U.S. to sponsor them. None of this is their fault, yet they’re punished for it.
This has been happening under the radar as the nation is focused on other issues, but it can not be allowed to continue. Destabilization in countries like Ghana happened because of interference by U.S. forces, and now people are forced to either flee or die. Sending them back is a likely death sentence. Sign our petition to demand that ICE halt this sneaky mass deportation of immigrants, especially during the application process for asylum.
Dear Director Saldaña,
According to reports, African immigrants have been disproportionately targeted for deportation despite the violence and instability in nations like Somalia and Ghana and the fact that they’re less likely to be able to access identification documents or a U.S.-based sponsor. Last month alone, you apparently deported dozens of African individuals, including many that were in the process of seeking asylum and had even passed their credible fear interviews.
Asylum seekers should be allowed to finish the application process, not kicked out of the country before it can be decided whether they deserve it or not. People from destabilized African countries should also receive special consideration–applying the same strict rules to everyone leaves out desperate people who can’t complete their applications through no fault of their own.
It’s impossible to know how many immigrants deported back to dangerous countries will die, but at least some of them will. If our nation’s history and founding principles mean anything, then we should be doing everything we can to help refugees and immigrants, not kicking them out at every opportunity. We demand that you stop these mass deportations of African asylum seekers.
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