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Cosponsor the SURE Protection Act

Dear Colleague:

Please join us in cosponsoring the Suspend the Unjust Removals of Eritreans (SURE) Protection Act to prevent the United States from deporting hundreds of Eritreans who would likely face reprisal upon return.

In 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it would begin taking steps to remove approximately 700 Eritrean nationals. DHS has recently confirmed that they are deporting Eritreans back to Eritrea.

Of serious concern is that this substantial increase in removals does not account for the ongoing human rights crisis in Eritrea. Nor does it account for the fact that many were forced to flee the nation to begin with in order to escape indefinite military
service and imprisonment. Incommunicado detention, torture, and extrajudicial killings are also common for military service evaders, political dissidents, journalists, and religious minorities. Forcefully returning Eritreans, who fled such state oppression,
will inevitably put many in harm’s way where they may face prolonged detention, torture, or death.

The SURE Protection Act would:

  • Put a two-year stay on removals of Eritrean nationals
  • Prohibit the detention of Eritrean nationals during removal procedures
  • Require up-to-date reporting on the total number Eritreans with orders of removal, their immigration protection status, if any, and where they have been deported or detained

Please join me in introducing this legislation to prevent the United States from becoming one of the only democracies in the world willing to send vulnerable Eritreans to imminent danger or death.

If you have any questions or would like to cosponsor, please contact Yonathan Teclu ( or Ryan Morgan (
in Rep. Omar’s office. Deadline for originals is COB January 24th.



Ilhan Omar
Member of Congress

Karen Bass
Member of Congress

Joe Neguse
Member of Congress

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