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Relentless Effort to End Asylum

June 18, 2020
By Sister Ruth Battaglia, CSA

 

 
This is a moment of crisis and calling for people of faith. 
Asylum seekers need you to raise your voice now.  
 

After years of chipping away at the asylum system and the rights of those in need of protection, the Trump administration is proposing a rule that would effectively end asylum once and for all. This is a crisis moment and historic low point with literal life or death consequences for some of the most vulnerable people in the world.

In the proposed rule, the administration would allow judges to decide cases before people have had the chance to present their full case in court and deny asylum for reasons that have nothing to do with the need for protection. It raises the standards for the initial border interview impossibly high and gives adjudicators discretion to deny asylum applications on legal grounds that federal courts are currently reviewing and are not yet final. It also ends asylum for those fleeing violence from intimate partners and family members, gangs and other non-state actors. Instead of the typical 60-day comment period, the administration is only allowing 30 days, seeking to execute its cruel and deadly plan as quickly as possible.

Read the #Comments4Asylum Interfaith Toolkit

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