Democrats: Biden’s New Asylum Policy Is “Almost Identical” to Trump Transit Ban

“The coverage flies within the face of worldwide regulation, U.S. regulation and fundamental morality,” stated Rep. Ilhan Omar.

Democrats in Congress have condemned the Biden administration for proposing a restrictive new asylum rule that immigration advocates have likened to a Donald Trump-era ban, saying that it’s going to additional endanger numerous asylum seekers south of the U.S. border.

This week, the Division of Homeland Safety and Division of Justice proposed a rule that might bar folks from accessing asylum within the U.S. in the event that they traveled by means of one other nation on the way in which to the U.S. border and didn’t search asylum in that nation first, even if many international locations don’t have a functioning asylum system.

Opponents of the rule say that it’s basically a resurrection of a transit ban proposed by the Trump administration that was blocked by a federal court docket after immigration rights advocates stated it was a racist try to avoid U.S. asylum regulation to restrict sure folks from coming into the nation.

Now, after a string of different anti-immigration actions from the president, the Biden administration is searching for to carry a model of the rule again. The coverage could block tens of hundreds of individuals on the border from being granted asylum.

Democrats and progressives sharply criticized the transfer in statements and on social media this week.

The rule is, “in phrase and deed, nearly equivalent to Donald Trump’s ‘transit ban,’” Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota) stated in an announcement on Wednesday. “The coverage flies within the face of worldwide regulation, U.S. regulation and fundamental morality. It’ll put the lives of numerous asylum-seekers in danger. By punishing the victims of many years of failed coverage, it can do completely nothing to deal with the foundation causes of U.S. immigration.”

Senators Bob Menendez (D-New Jersey), Cory Booker (D-New Jersey), Ben Ray Luján (D-New Mexico) and Alex Padilla (D-California) launched a joint assertion expressing their frustration with the rule.

“We’re deeply dissatisfied that the Biden Administration has chosen to maneuver ahead with publishing this proposed rule, which solely perpetuates the dangerous fable that asylum seekers are a menace to this nation,” the senators stated. “In actuality, they’re pursuing a authorized pathway in america. Now we have an obligation to guard weak migrants underneath home and worldwide regulation and mustn’t go away weak migrants stranded in international locations unable to guard them.”

Immigration advocates have additionally spoken out against the rule, saying it can solely worsen circumstances on the U.S.-Mexico border, the place folks face widespread threats of kidnapping and violence.

“President Biden campaigned on restoring the soul of America, which incorporates restoring our asylum system. As an alternative, President Biden has made it a observe of recycling Trump-era insurance policies, like this asylum transit ban introduced immediately,” Guerline Jozef, govt director of Haitian Bridge Alliance, stated in a statement this week.

“This coverage will stop extraordinarily weak folks, particularly Black and LGBTQIA+ migrants fleeing from searching for asylum if they didn’t accomplish that within the different international locations that they handed by means of,” Jozef stated. “That is absurd and unlawful and can successfully shut down our asylum system, denying many the chance to hunt security.”

Advocacy teams have vowed to take authorized motion in opposition to the rule. Final month, a gaggle of over 70 Democrats, led by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York), despatched a letter to the Biden administration asking it to rethink proposing the rule, writing that it’s inhumane and violates U.S. regulation granting folks the best to hunt asylum within the U.S.

Immigration advocates have been pissed off by the Biden administration, which has repeatedly upheld and expanded upon the cruelty of the Trump administration’s immigration insurance policies. Even because it has supposedly sought to finish Title 42, a pandemic coverage that each Biden and Trump have used to deport tens of millions of migrants, the Biden administration has labored to increase the coverage’s use.

And, though Biden condemned Trump’s coverage of imprisoning immigrants and asylum seekers in focus camps, many immigrant advocates have identified, his administration has maintained and even elevated merciless carceral measures to punish asylum seekers.

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