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Restraining Order Halting the Deportations Moratorium Politicizes Safety

WASHINGTON - Responding to today’s court decision issuing a temporary restraining order halting the deportations moratorium by the Biden administration, Denise Bell, researcher for refugee and migrant rights at Amnesty International USA, said:

“This pause on deportations is a necessary and critical step as the new administration seeks to undo the devastating legacy of xenophobic, racist and anti-immigrant policies instated by the previous administration, and takes steps to grapple with a deadly pandemic whose impact has been exacerbated by deportations. The safety and lives of people are being politicized at a time when the country should be coming together to improve our shared future.”

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