Shea-Porter Statement On Asylum Ruling for Members of New Hampshire Indonesian Community
WASHINGTON, DC— Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) tonight released the following statement after the Board of Immigration Appeals granted motions to reopen the asylum cases of members of New Hampshire’s Indonesian community:
“This is a wonderful development for the members of New Hampshire’s Indonesian community who have been living with the horrible fear of being deported from their homes and communities of over 20 years,” said Shea-Porter. “These families should have permanent asylum, and my office will continue providing all assistance possible to stop their unjust removal. Deporting these people to a country where they could face violence because of their religion defies the values we share as Americans. So many people have worked tirelessly to stop these deportations, and I am deeply thankful for their efforts to fight this terrible injustice.”
Last year, Shea-Porter’s Director of Constituent Services, Elise Britton, approached one of the lawyers representing Indonesians facing removal with research that would provide the legal precedent used to stay their removals.