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Prof. Harris' Op Ed in The Hill on Trump Administration Asylum Changes

Wednesday, February 7, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Joe Libertelli
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Professor Lindsay HarrisOn January 6, 2018, The Hill published an Op Ed article co-written by UDC Law Professor Lindsay Harris and Victoria Neilson, legal director of the Immigrant Justice Corps.

The article provides a brief overview of the U.S. asylum system, describing the cause of the huge and growing backlog of more than 300,000 applicants, and how the Trump Administration’s January 29th decision to change the rules has thrown the system into further turmoil.  As a result of the change, applicants who have been separated from their families while waiting for up to five years are now being pushed back in line.

The article reads in part:

“…for the more than 300,000 asylum seekers who have already filed and patiently waited in line, the government has effectively constructed a wall blocking adjudication of their applications and leaving them in legal limbo indefinitely.”

"The administration’s rhetoric and its actions consistently ignore the fact that the number of individuals seeking asylum in the United States is not due to a spike in fraudulent applications, but instead reflects the humanitarian crises south of our border in Central and South America and refugee crises around the world.”

Hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people have given up everything to pursue the dream of freedom from fear in the United States, as our asylum laws allow and America’s founding values require. Sadly, the Trump administration is doing its best to turn that dream into a nightmare.

Read the full Hill article HERE.

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