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.
The asylum ban targets immigrants from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. These countries have few laws protecting people from violence or discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
Two weeks after the asylum ban was announced, District Judge Jon Tigar temporarily blocked it because it illegally denies immigrants their right to apply for asylum. Tigar pointed to the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act, which makes clear that immigrants can seek asylum regardless of whether they entered the country through a designated checkpoint.Fortune
Even at designated checkpoints, border officials are increasingly turning away asylum seekers — placing them in the position of having to decide to cross the border outside of a checkpoint and then apply for protected status, or return to an unsafe situation.Bustle
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.
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)
In addition to border officials’ practice of turning away asylum seekers at checkpoints and the administration’s new policy of targeting immigrants beyond checkpoints, President Trump signed a proclamation to completely block asylum for 90 days. These actions amount to a de-facto ban on asylum-seeking individuals and families.Planned Parenthood Action Fund