Urgent: submit your comments on new asylum rule today

The Trump administration has proposed yet another new rule that will be detrimental to the asylum system if it goes into effect. In this rule, the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security declare that any individual coming from or passing through countries with COVID-19 cases will be barred from asylum and withholding of removal protection. 

Today, our program and the HLS Immigration Project submitted a joint comment expressing our opposition to this dangerous new rule.  In our comment, we argue that the proposed rule is “arbitrary and capricious and contrary to law” and “contravene[s] the protections the United States is required to provide under domestic and international law.” You can read our full comment here.

We need as many people as possible to submit a comment in opposition to this latest attack on asylum-seekers. Please take a moment to submit your own comment now. Comments must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on August 10, 2020.