HIAS Statement on Possible Executive Action Restricting Asylum

SILVER SPRING, Md. – Yesterday it was reported that President Trump is considering an executive action to deny entry to Central American asylum seekers on the Southern border, including those currently traveling as part of the caravan. If signed, this ban would take effect immediately.

Under American immigration and international laws, people who arrive at the U.S. border have the fundamental right to seek asylum. This action would ban most Central Americans from making an asylum claim in the U.S., shutting down a legal, life-saving avenue for refugees in the region to seek protection.

“The individuals arriving at the Southern border are not a threat to our safety. They are women, children, and men who are fleeing some of the most dangerous countries in the world, and are simply seeking safety and protection for their families,” said Mark Hetfield, President and CEO of HIAS. “Once again, we remind the President that seeking asylum is not illegal, and that the U.S. must respect the rule of law.”

Individuals who arrive in the U.S. with a credible fear of persecution must have their claims heard. HIAS calls on the Administration to respect the rule of law, and ensure a fair and humane process for all asylum seekers who arrive at our borders and seek protection.

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