The policy would expand the government’s power to deny asylum to immigrants who enter the United States on the southern border

Trump’s policy rewrites federal immigration law, which explicitly states that every person who arrives at a U.S. border has the right to apply for asylum. The move is part of the administration's larger efforts to dissuade immigrant individuals and families fleeing violence and persecution in their home countries from seeking safety in the United States.

Policies like this are certain to be detrimental to the health and well being of people seeking asylum, particularly women of reproductive age, children, and LGBTQ people.

Almost 90% of LGBTQ asylum-seekers from Central America report suffering sexual and gender-based violence in their home countries.

UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR)

The asylum ban puts immigrants’ health and lives at risk to try to score political points.

Thousands of children, parents, LGBTQ people, and others who are fleeing unspeakable violence and seeking refuge could be forced to return to their home countries.

Loly Méndez, a trans asylum seeker from El Salvador's story

I’m not sure how the asylum process will go, but I hope that the United States lets us in. I have been violently assaulted, robbed, discriminated against so I can’t get work, I’ve had friends killed – I can’t go back there.

Loly Méndez, a trans asylum seeker from El Salvador

(Source: The Guardian)

Who’s Behind Anti-Immigrant Policies?

These key players are working to deny asylum for immigrants fleeing danger in their home countries.

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