A tiny group of establishment Republicans are trying to sell us down the river.
Two asylum rules pushed by Rep. David Price (D-NC) as well as Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS) and approved by the GOP-majority House Appropriations Committee would allow foreign nationals seeking refuge in the U.S. to migrate based on claims that they are fleeing domestic abuse or gang violence.
Looks like AG Sessions' asylum/migration reform is working. Fewer Central American migrants are passing initial 'credible fear' test. Big loss for cheap-labor employers & immigration lawyers, so expect lawsuits. Gain for blue-collar Americans. https://t.co/BjygAxoyVR
— Neil Munro (@NeilMunroDC) July 17, 2018
The rules block foreign nationals from seeking asylum by claiming they are fleeing gang violence and domestic abuse. Experts say those foreign nationals, primarily arriving in the U.S. illegally from Central America, should seek asylum in the first safe country, which is more often not the U.S.
Sessions’ memo also reasserts that unemployment, gang violence, domestic abuse, and lack of economic opportunity are not grounds for asylum in the U.S.
House Republicans and Democrats, though, want to reverse these cleaned up asylum rules by opening asylum to all foreign nationals who allege domestic violence and gang violence.
The opening of asylum in the U.S. to foreign nationals alleging that they are fleeing gang violence would readily allow the entire populations of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador the right to migrate to America. This translates to at least 32 million Central Americans from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador having the right to come to the U.S. to seek asylum.
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