The Biden Administration has proposed a new immigration rule that will drastically reduce people’s ability to seek asylum.
The rule, which would take the place of the Trump-era Title 42 restrictions, is a dismaying return to exclusionary policy. It presumes all people to be ineligible for asylum unless they can prove they already have a protective status, were already denied asylum by another country before reaching the United States, were unaccompanied minors, or used a mobile app to make an appointment at a port of entry.
This rule has the effect of placing needless burdens on migrants and refugees—burdens which complicate a migrant’s flight for life and livelihood. In this context, these bureaucratic hurdles are also cruel.
The proposed rule is up for public comment for thirty days, ending March 27th. The government must read and consider the public comments and incorporate or respond to criticisms offered.
- To learn more about the proposed rule, see this five-point explainer.
- To learn more about the process of writing public comments, look for the recorded webinar by Justice for Immigrants on the proposed asylum rule.
- To learn about how the decision affects the clients of pro-bono immigration lawyers, register for the webinar held by National Immigrant Justice Center on Mar 20, 10:30am.