URGENT: Comment on this Horrid DOJ Rule by 11:59pm on 8/15

This post is contributed by Rachel McGonagill, a writer, activist and unexpected immigration wonk, currently living in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and three cats, in an amazing neighborhood made up mostly of immigrants.

Tomorrow is the last day to offer comments in the federal register on a proposed new rule by the Department of Justice – a rule that would deny the right to asylum for anyone who traversed another, third country between their home and our border. In effect, this rule would make it all but impossible for anyone–aside from Mexican citizens–to claim asylum at our southern border. Anyone else who comes to that border would necessarily have passed through Mexico. This includes Salvadorans, Hondurans and Guatemalans, which we’ve heard so much about lately, but also Cubans, Venezuelans, Sudanese, Haitians, Liberians, Congolese–this latter, the largest growing refugee group in Arizona.

One major problem with this new rule is that it’s an attempt to rewrite an existing law through Executive Branch fiat. Our own current law–in addition to international agreements we have signed over the years–states the only time a third country may be used to prohibit an asylum claim is when we have a mutual Third Safe Country Agreement with that country. Currently, we only have such an agreement with Canada. 

This information is readily available on the US Immigration and Naturalization Services website.

The rule itself is unlawful.

Even though Trump has tried his very super hardest, he has been unable to convince Mexico to make a Third Safe Country Agreement with us…at least in part because they are not a SAFE country, by any stretch.

The other major problem with this rule change is that, similarly to how the “public charge” rule change the administration posted two days ago targets poor immigrants, this DOJ rule unfairly targets poor asylum seekers. Wealthier asylum seekers will have the wherewithal to fly directly from their home into the United States, instead of traveling through Mexico…or any other country for that matter. It’s no accident that most “wealthier” asylum seekers will not be the brown, Southern Hemisphere candidates currently coming to Arizona, California and Texas.

Racism and this administration’s immigration policy go hand in hand.

Only 1,200 comments have been left so far on this illegal, racist rule change! But there is still one day left to make a BIG difference.

Please help advocate for those who have no one else to speak for them: LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD HERE!

8 thoughts on “URGENT: Comment on this Horrid DOJ Rule by 11:59pm on 8/15

  1. You can twist the law into pretzels to get a chosen outcome but in the end the twisted logic falls apart when looked at it by anyone with a heart.

  2. This is an assault on our beloved country. Bring us your tired and poor should not now say unless they cross a particular route to get here or have health insurance and perfect credit and money in the bank. That’s the entire point of opening our country to the huddled masses. It’s what makes America so great. My family came and started businesses and literally cut roads through mountains. That is the best of America. Young and hopeful immigrants help us thrive!

  3. A blatantly racist attempt to limit Brown and Black immigrants!

    The Trump administration is hateful and vile toward persons of color.

  4. I oppose this change in the immigration law because it unfavorably discriminates towards asylum seekers because of their race, and that it originated with the executive branch and did not go through Congress.

  5. This change to our immigration policy regarding asylum is unAmerican and rascist. It is yet another assault on the foundations of our country, built by immigrants from all over the globe. I am ashamed of our President and his Administration.

  6. A blatantly racist attempt to limit Brown and Black immigrants!

    The Trump administration is hateful and vile toward persons of color.

  7. There are two ways to begin an asylum application under United States immigration laws. The best way is to be admitted to the United States by way of a different visa, such as a visitor or student visa, and then file an asylum application once you have arrived on that different type of visa. It is highly recommended that those seeking asylum attempt this route.

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