Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Ed Markey of Massachusetts, Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts wrote of their letter to DHS inspector normal Joseph V. Cuffari that their workplaces “have obtained a deluge of calls from group members, authorized advocates, and people from across the nation who’re desperately fearful in regards to the potential destiny of those asylum-seekers.”
“Roughly 700,000 folks have been displaced and a number of other thousand have been killed because the battle in Cameroon started, with over 3.9 million in determined want of humanitarian assist,” they mentioned. “ICE detainees who could be returned to Cameroon face a excessive threat of being detained, overwhelmed, disappeared, tortured, or killed. The usage of coercion to power detainees to signal deportation orders towards their will, to deport them to a rustic the place they face a excessive threat of torture or dying, is unconscionable.”
However despite these dangers, ICE has continued to deport Black immigrants to this attainable dying. Freedom for Immigrants mentioned that one other ICE flight deporting primarily Cameroonians and Angolans left the U.S. earlier this week:
The assertion from the senators says this new request to the DHS inspector normal “follows Senator Van Hollen’s earlier letters to acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf, urging the administration to halt deportation actions on Cameroonian asylum-seekers until violence in Cameroon has abated.” Van Hollen wrote in that letter that a few of the immigrants who had been deported “both now dwell in hiding for concern of their lives or haven’t been heard from since leaving the U.S.”
“The state of affairs is so dire that a few of the relations of these being eliminated inform me that their family members ‘would relatively die in ICE custody than be deported to Cameroon,’” he continued. “A lot of these scheduled to be eliminated on November 10 have misplaced relations in Cameroon by the hands of the police as a result of they dared to hunt asylum within the U.S.” It’s unclear what number of of them had been deported on the flight that left this week.
Halting these deportations is a transfer the following administration has the power to hold out on day one—President-elect Joe Biden is reportedly wanting into inserting a 100-day deportation freeze—however these asylum-seekers are weak proper now.
“The usage of bodily violence and torture to power immigrants in detention to signal their very own deportation paperwork is egregious and immoral,” SPLC’s Immigrant Justice Venture senior supervising legal professional Luz Lopez said final month. “The follow underscores ICE’s wanton disregard for the rights and human dignity of the Black, Brown and Indigenous folks they so callously imprison and deport. These Cameroonian males are calling for justice. Congress should heed their name and never permit ICE to flee accountability for these unconscionable abuses.”