Crackdown on Asylum Seekers Continues ❌

Salvador Gonzalez / AP

Salvador Gonzalez / AP

Right to asylum revoked

On Monday, the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security announced a motion to withhold opportunity for asylum from any migrant who passes through another country before reaching the American border. 

What it says

The proposed legislation specifies that migrants must attempt to seek asylum in the first safe country they cross in order to be eligible to apply for protection in the US. Ultimately, it targets asylum seekers who pass through Mexico while fleeing violence in their countries of origin, effectively relegating potential incomers from the US to Mexico. 


LEANING RIGHT:

Fox News: Dan Stein: New asylum rules protect true refugees and the integrity of the process

Washington Examiner: Trump's new asylum rule isn't a lasting solution but it's a move in the right direction

The right often highlights the ways in which migrants have “abused” the US asylum policy in the past as reason for this recent crackdown. They also emphasize that the new legislation is a response to the state of emergency at the border.

LEANING LEFT:

Washington Post: The U.S. is slamming the door on asylum seekers

NBC News: Immigrant rights group decries new Trump asylum restrictions as 'most egregious,' 'extreme' to date

The left points out the absurdity of the demand that migrants must seek asylum in Mexico than the US, as the former is a much smaller nation that doesn't have the resources to withstand such an influx of people. Articles also relate the administration's perceived attack on immigration to Pres. Trump’s recent Twitter attack on four congresswomen.


Where’s the common ground?

Though the right supports the passing of Pres. Trump’s asylum legislation, both sides agree that this crackdown is not a permanent or ideal solution.

Both sides @ the administration

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