By Evangeline Chan
November 14, 2018
Last week, the White House released a new interim rule that prohibits anyone crossing the southwest border between U.S. designated ports of entry from applying for asylum. This new restriction will significantly affect survivors of violence, including women and children, at a time when access to safety is desperately needed. This policy also runs contrary to our obligations under domestic and international law and to our fundamental American values. We call on the White House to withdraw this interim rule and instead, send more resources to the border to meet the needs of those fleeing violence, including more officers to hear asylum claims and more attorneys and social workers to provide legal representation and trauma-informed services.
Safe Horizon believes that all victims of violence or abuse should be able to seek justice without fear because of their immigration status. You can help ensure that all victims of violence can seek justice by signing our pledge here.