The Biden Administration has announced that it is moving forward with a proposed asylum ban. The proposed asylum ban would deny asylum to migrants encountered along the U.S. – Mexico border who transited through a country without seeking asylum there first. It is a policy similar to ones that former President Trump and his Senior Advisor Stephen Miller tried to implement.
Here are the Democrats that have spoken out against it, so far ⬇️
Senator Bob Menendez
1/ Last month, when the Biden Admin announced it would be issuing a proposed rule, which would function as a ‘transit ban’ on asylum seekers who don’t first apply for asylum in a transit country, @SenBooker, @SenatorLujan, @SenAlexPadilla & I urged the Admin to abandon this idea.
— Senator Bob Menendez (@SenatorMenendez) February 21, 2023
Senators Cory Booker, Senator Bob Menendez, Senator Lujan and Senator Alex Padilla
Dem. Senators @CoryBooker @SenatorMenendez @SenatorLujan @SenAlexPadilla want Biden to reconsider his policy limiting asylum at the border: pic.twitter.com/kY3MY5gjNb
— Hamed Aleaziz (@Haleaziz) February 21, 2023
Rep. Greg Casar
Helping asylum seekers become part of our communities is who we are as Americans.
Unfortunately, @POTUS is enacting needless asylum restrictions because of pressure from Republicans. Let's lead with real solutions, not with turning away people fleeing disaster and violence.
— Congressman Greg Casar (@RepCasar) February 23, 2023
Rep. Cori Bush
Seeking asylum is a human right that the Biden administration has repeatedly failed to uphold. The proposed transit ban is inhumane, illegal, & must be stopped.
I urge @POTUS to reverse course & work with lawmakers & advocates to build an equitable & humane immigration system. https://t.co/fII92Bct6u
— Congresswoman Cori Bush (@RepCori) February 23, 2023
Rep. Ilhan Omar
The new border policy flies in the face of international and U.S. law and basic morality.
It will put the lives of countless asylum-seekers at risk. pic.twitter.com/bSppLsx6rU
— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) February 22, 2023
Rep. Linda Sánchez
I am deeply disappointed by this decision.
Denying asylum to those fleeing violence and instability goes against everything we stand for as a nation of immigrants.
We can have safe, secure borders AND humane immigration laws.
I urge the Administration to reconsider. https://t.co/24urRBcwa2
— Rep. Linda Sánchez (@RepLindaSanchez) February 22, 2023
Rep. Nanette Barragán
Today, CHC Chair @RepBarragan issued a statement on the DHS and DOJ Notice of Proposed Rule on Immigration and Asylum Eligibility.
More details: https://t.co/5Hgto1hysQ pic.twitter.com/w4qExWs0Sr
— Congressional Hispanic Caucus (@HispanicCaucus) February 22, 2023
Rep. Chuy Garciá
Today’s announcement by the Biden admin is a re-implementation of the Trump-era policy that will ban people from requesting asylum, worsen conditions at the border and return vulnerable people back to danger. @POTUS must abandon this misguided policy now. #NoAsylumBan. https://t.co/8gcqQ05q0F
— Congressman Chuy García (@RepChuyGarcia) February 21, 2023
Rep. Adriano Espaillat
I am disappointed by this proposed new rule limiting the right to seek asylum in the U.S.
Reminder: the LEGAL right to seek asylum is not contingent on the way one comes to the U.S.
As a nation of immigrants, we must always fight to uphold inclusive American values. https://t.co/TFgdHNdI8O
— Adriano Espaillat (@RepEspaillat) February 21, 2023
Rep. Ayanna Pressley:
Turning away vulnerable migrants fleeing violence flies in the face of what we should stand for as a nation.
Asylum is a fundamental human right.
I strongly urge @POTUS to abandon this harmful policy. #NoAsylumBan https://t.co/tffdp5Jj3b
— Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (@RepPressley) February 22, 2023
Rep. Pramila Jayapal and Rep. Jerry Nadler
As Ranking Member of the Immigration Integrity, Security, and Enforcement Subcommittee and as an immigrant, I am deeply disappointed in the administration’s proposal to limit access to asylum.
Read my full statement with @RepJerryNadler ⬇️https://t.co/MaRTAzcoss
— Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) February 22, 2023