Press Releases

Reported Reinstatement of Trump-Era Rapid Asylum Processing Signals a Step Back for Biden Administration, Sounds an Alarm for those Legally Seeking Asylum

Chris Plummer | April 7, 2023

Washington, D.C.—In response to reports that the Biden Administration will begin reimplementing expedited and harmful asylum processes that would limit due process and access to asylum protections at the U.S. southern border, Danilo Zak, Associate Director of Policy and Advocacy at CWS issued the following statement: “Reinstating rapid asylum processing that requires vulnerable migrants to remain in deeply inadequate and …

CWS on the Devastating Fire that took 39 Lives at a Migrant Center at the Southern Border

March 28, 2023

Washington, D.C.—Church World Service today responded to the horrific fire in Ciudad Juarez which took the lives of 39 migrants at a government-run facility just south of the U.S.-Mexico border. In response, Danilo Zak, Associate Director of Policy and Advocacy at CWS, commented: “This loss of life is tragic. The women, men, and children we lost in this fire serve …

New U.S. Agreement with Canada Would Block Asylum Seekers from Life-Saving Protection

March 24, 2023

For Immediate Release: March 24, 2023 Contact: Media@cwsglobal.org New U.S. Agreement with Canada Would Block Asylum Seekers from Life-Saving Protection Washington, DC–CWS today expressed concern over the Biden Administration’s new agreement with Canada that would block vulnerable people fleeing violence and persecution from seeking asylum while crossing the northern border with Canada. The agreement restricts the ability of asylum seekers …

CWS Responds to Death of Irvo Otieno while in Custody, Calls for Compassionate and Equitable Responses

March 22, 2023

Washington, D.C. – Church World Service today expressed its outrage over the recent death of a handcuffed man at the hands of sheriff deputies and medical staff on March 6th. The man, 28-year-old Irvo Otieno, who came to the United States with his family from Kenya when he was four years old, died in custody at a psychiatric hospital after …

Returning to Family Detention Would be Cruel, Ineffective, and Counter to the Spirit of Welcome

March 7, 2023

Washington, D.C.—Church World Service today expressed its alarm over reports that the Biden administration is considering the reinstatement of family detention to deter asylum seekers from seeking safety at the U.S. southern border. The practice, which in spirit runs counter to the legal right to seek asylum, is cruel, hurtful, and ineffective as a immigration policy. CWS further notes that …