Evangeline Abriel wrote an op-ed for the Mercury News, arguing that the CDC’s new restriction on border crossings violates U.S. law and international obligations by targeting asylum seekers and unaccompanied minors.

“The CDC expulsion order is one more step in the Trump administration’s relentless efforts to limit asylum…Public safety and the safety of immigration officers must certainly be considered. But there are humane alternatives to a blanket expulsion order, including health screening, testing, quarantine, and self-isolation. Using these measures to mitigate the risk of transmitting coronavirus would allow the United States to protect public health while also complying with our immigration laws and international obligations.”

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