Administration’s Attempt to Restrict Asylum is Illegal and Un-American

Administration’s Attempt to Restrict Asylum is Illegal and Un-American

November 8, 2018

WASHINGTON, Nov. 8, 2018 —The Trump administration revealed today a new interim final regulation that restricts access to asylum at the border, causing chaos and uncertainty for many seeking protection.

The rule, which takes effect upon publication in the Federal Register, creates new bars to asylum in the United States. The rule would prevent certain individuals who are fleeing persecution and enter the country between ports of entry on the southern border from seeking asylum in the U.S. The restrictions could also trigger a massive expansion of detention for all individuals seeking protection, including children.

The following statement is from Beth Werlin, executive director of the American Immigration Council:

“The Trump administration is using the caravan to advance its anti-immigration agenda. Time and time again, we have seen attempts to restrict all forms of immigration. This is the latest in a series of specific attacks on asylum seekers, including families. With these actions, the administration is closing the doors on those in need of protection. This is contrary to American values.

“U.S. officials illegally and routinely turn away asylum seekers at ports of entry. We have been forced to sue over this illegal practice. These regulations will only worsen the situation.

“In its rush to obstruct asylum seekers, the administration is attempting an end run around the law. Congress has spoken clearly. Individuals are not required to ask for asylum at a port of entry. Any person in the United States must have access to the asylum process.”

Our experts are available for comment. Our research on asylum and refugee policy and a current lawsuit challenging Customs and Border Protection's practice of turning away asylum seekers at ports of entry can be found on our website, AmericanImmigrationCouncil.org.

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For more information, contact:

Maria Frausto at the American Immigration Council, mfrausto@immcouncil.org or 202-507-7526.

Media Contact

Wendy Feliz, Communications Director 
wfeliz@immcouncil.org 

Maria Frausto, Senior Communications Manager 
mfrausto@immcouncil.org

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