“By halting the asylum claims of Bangladeshis and South Asian refugees and migrants, the US government is subjecting them to racially and religiously discriminatory treatments,” said Gregory Cendana, APALA's Executive Director. “All elected officials must be held accountable in ensuring the safety, fair treatment, and civil rights of all people regardless of race and religion.”
“We are reminded that as anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim rhetoric continues to be used as leverage for Presidential candidates of the Republican party, we are also equally disgusted by the policies sanctioned by the Democratic party ordering the mass deportations of refugees and migrants, including women and children, to their deaths,” added APALA's National President Johanna Puno Hester. “Furthermore, the racist policies that justify the racial and religious profiling that continuously criminalize Muslim and South Asian refugees and migrants need to end."
Activists have begun using the hashtag #Deported2Death to highlight the grave realities and consequences of the potential removals. APALA stands alongside Desi's Rising Up & Moving (DRUM), MPower Change and the #Not1More Campaign in calling on the Homeland Security and State Departments to stop the removal of these detainees. We must ensure their safety in allowing them to pursue their asylum claims in the United States.
APALA is encouraging our members to sign the petition to demand an immediate halt to their deportations. The petition is hosted by the #Not1More Campaign at:
Follow #Deported2Death and #Not1More on Twitter.