Stop Deporting Eritreans from the USA

ሕጹጽ ሓበሬታን አቃልቦን ዘድልዮ ጉዳይ!

ሕቡራት መንግስታት አሜሪካ 700 ኤርትራውያን ናብ ኤርትራ ንኽትሶጉግ አብ ምድላው ስለ ዘላ ኩልና ግዱሳት ኤርትራውያንን ካልኦት ተጣበቅቲ ሰብአዊ መሰላትን ነዛ ጽሕፍቲ ብግሊ : ብኮሚዩኒቲ: ብውድብ: ብማሕበር ይኹን ብኻልእ ዝጥዕመናን ንኽእሎን ከምኡ ውን ብአካል ናብ ቤት ጽሕፈቶም ኬድና አውያትና ክንገልጽ ንዳሎ።
የሕዋትናን አሓትናን ድሕሪ ምምላስ ዝመጽእ ሳዕቤን ብምርዳእ ንድሕነቶም ንጉየ።

ጽሑፍ ዝስደደሎም ኣካላትን ሓለፍትን እዞ ዝስዕቡ ይኾኑ።

1. Your state senator (ናብ ስቴት ሰኔተር)
2. Your state House of Representatives (ናብ ስቴት ኮንግረስ)
3. Department of Homeland security (ናብ ሆምላንድ ሰኩሪትይ ኦፊስ)

4. State Department (ስቴት ደፓርትመንት)
5. USCIS office (ኢሚግሬሽን ኦፊስ)

ነዛ ተጻሒፋ ዘላ ወረቀት  ከነረክብ ከሙ ውን ብኣካል ናብ ኦፊሶም ብምካድ ከነዛርቦም ምሕታት።
ናትና ሰኔተርን ኮንግረስን መን ሙኻኑ ንምፍላጥን ሓበሬታንምርካብን ኣብዛ ሊንክ ህረሙ
Individuals can identify their members of Congress on the Internet by entering their street addresses at https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members .
Below is drafted letter ( ዝስደድ ጽሑፍ እዛ አብ ታሕቲ ዘላ እያ)

STOP ERITREAN DEPORTATIONS NOW!  

We – Americans of Eritrean descent – are calling for the U.S. government to save 700 of our fellow Eritreans who are here in America from imminent torture or death at the hands of the brutal, dictatorial regime that rules Eritrea.  On September 13, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a directive to expedite the deportation of approximately 700 Eritreans from the U.S.  Those 700 – mostly law-abiding residents, appear to be at immediate risk of being sent home to Eritrea, where we believe they would face torture, long-term imprisonment, or murder by the regime.  

Eritrea:  The Police State  

Eritrea is a small country in the Horn of Africa.  It is a police state, and it is widely referred to as "the North Korea of Africa."  Its government's merciless brutality toward its citizens has been documented and denounced by the U.S. State Department, the United Nations, and many major human rights organizations.  Citizens live in constant fear of surveillance, arbitrary arrest, torture, malnutrition, detention within a gulag of underground prisons, and indefinite military service under slave-like conditions.  Citizens who are deported from other countries are at particular peril.  We wish to voice our fears on behalf of the 700 in the U.S.A, and to implore the U.S. government to halt any deportations until Eritrea

becomes safe for the individuals to return.  

Why Deportation?  

The 700 here are under final removal orders issued by American immigration courts.  To our knowledge, few are under those orders for having committed crimes here.  Instead, many or most had applied in good faith for asylum in the U.S., but they had merely lost their asylum claims.  Often they failed their cases because they lacked legal counsel because the immigration judges did not understand the dire state of human rights in Eritrea or both.  In recent years, few Eritreans have been deported from the U.S.  The reason appears to have been that the Eritrean government had refused to cooperate with the deportations – specifically, had refused to issue travel documents to the individuals under final removal orders.  In the September 13 directive, DHS sought to remedy that situation by causing the State Department to issue a broad ban on in-bound visas from Eritrea to the U.S., as a means of pressuring the Eritrean regime to issue the travel documents for out-bound deportees.  

Why Eritrea?

Eleven additional countries have also refused to issue travel papers for U.S. deportees.  But DHS chose to place visa restrictions on only four of them, including Eritrea, and to press for Eritrean deportations, apparently without considering the horrors that would likely befall those deported to Eritrea.  We do not object to the ban on in-bound visas.  But we fervently, and with broken hearts, object to Eritreans being deported to an excruciating fate.  

We urge members of Congress to use all influence they may have to cause DHS and ICE to halt the deportation of Eritreans until that country is safe – especially Eritreans whose only shortcoming here is that their asylum claims were denied.  

PLEASE HELP SAVE THE ERITREAN 700!

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