Today, the Trump Administration announced yet another attack on the rights of asylum seekers in the United States.
The rule would bar asylum applications from anyone who crosses through another country on the way to the United States and does not seek asylum in that country. Essentially, this means that the vast majority of asylum seekers who are not from Mexico would be ineligible for asylum in the U.S.
This policy will immediately put lives in danger. Take Daniel’s story.
Daniel fled north from Honduras after enduring years of abuse at the hands of his stepfather. Like so many migrants, his journey to the U.S. was perilous. He was kidnapped by a cartel in Mexico and held captive for days until someone could pay ransom for his release. He fled from Mexico as fast as he could because he felt so unsafe there. Daniel survived and went on to win asylum in the United States. He hopes to one day become a citizen and become a pastor. Daniel would no longer be eligible for asylum in the United States under the new rule.
Unfortunately, Daniel’s story is all too common. Migrants are exceptionally vulnerable to violence during their travels. Many of the countries they pass through do not have robust asylum systems necessary to provide the safety and freedom migrants are seeking.
This rule also directly contravenes existing U.S. and international asylum law. It violates the fundamental human rights of migrants across the world. Everyone has the right to safety and freedom, regardless of where they were born or the route they take.
The right to seek asylum is unambiguously protected by United States and international law, but the administration has waged an ongoing attack on the rights of asylum seekers since 2017. It is nothing short of an ongoing attempt to systematically dismantle U.S. immigration law.
What can you do?
- Donate to the Florence Project and stand with asylum seekers in the face of these obstacles
- Call your Senators and Representatives and urge them to stand with asylum seekers and against this dangerous and ill-advised rule
- Follow the Florence Project on Facebook and Twitter and share our updates on your networks.
As we have for 30 years, the Florence Project will continue to advocate for the rights of all migrants, including the right to safety and to be treated fairly under the law.
Thank you for standing with immigrants today.