OSJ Action Alert: November 9, 2018

Protect Migrants’ Right to Seek Asylum!

President Donald Trump has signed a presidential proclamation that will block migrants caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border from seeking asylum. The move aims to funnel asylum seekers towards ports of entry.

The proclamation put into effect a new rule the Trump administration entered into the federal registry that would ban migrants from applying for asylum outside of official ports of entry. The impact will be that most migrants who cross the southern border illegally will no longer be eligible for asylum claims in the United States for at least 90 days. U.S. law specifically allows individuals to apply for asylum regardless of their entry procedure. It is illegal to circumvent that by agency or presidential decree.

The proclamation references the same federal statute the administration employed for Trump's travel ban. Under the statute, the president can bar the entry of foreigners deemed "detrimental to the interests of the United States."

We know that asylum seekers from Central America and elsewhere are fleeing violence and persecution, and that as Christians we are called to, “Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.” Contact the Trump Administration today and protect migrant’s ability to seek asylum!