WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Trump administration finalized new regulations today that will significantly transform — and nearly eliminate — the U.S. asylum system as it currently exists, potentially leaving thousands of people unable to seek safety from violence and persecution in their home countries.
The rule, which is set to take effect on Jan. 11, 2021, will make it more difficult for asylum seekers to access the asylum process and severely limits those who are eligible for asylum, even if they were determined to have a credible fear of violence and persecution.
These broad changes would impact not only those applying for asylum at the border, but those applying from within the U.S. — the process by which the majority of asylum seekers apply for protection.
“The Trump administration’s relentless attacks on our asylum system undermine more than America’s core values. They also undercut our national interest,” said Ali Noorani, President and CEO of the National Immigration Forum. “Robust asylum protection policies are in line with U.S. strategic interests, not to mention integral to our legacy as a welcoming nation for those seeking freedom and safety.
“This is just the latest example the Trump administration has given Americans that it is more interested in slamming the door shut than meaningfully addressing our nation’s immigration challenges. Americans and asylum seekers alike deserve better.”