Administration’s latest immigration proposals show that they do not value families or legitimate asylum seekers | CLINIC

Administration’s latest immigration proposals show that they do not value families or legitimate asylum seekers

Oct 10, 2017

SILVER SPRING, Maryland – The administration’s recently announced priorities, which threaten legitimate asylum seekers and place no value on families, fly in the face of American history, public opinion and, most importantly, human dignity. The vast majority of Americans support protections such as DACA, pathways to legalize many of the undocumented immigrants in the United States and the idea that our country should be a safe haven. Our immigration policies should reflect that.  
 
"The newly announced proposals by the White House follow a string of heart-breakingly bad decisions by the Trump administration for how immigrants will be treated," said Jeanne Atkinson, executive director of CLINIC.

Atkinson added, "The cancellation of DACA was a cruel, un-American act that undermined the rule of law. Ending Temporary Protected Status for Sudan showed that the administration was unwilling to protect even those in the most obvious need of help. Combined, they reflect an administration that is misguided about economic needs, the importance of polices such as TPS to our national security, what the public wants and core American values."
 
“As a network of mostly faith-affiliated immigration legal services organizations, we see how the administration’s proposals will tear families apart, keep relatives separated from each other for decades and generally undermine the social structures this nation values."
 
“The proposals to ramp up deportation of unaccompanied minors and families, to restrict asylum applications even further and to upend the family immigration system are shockingly un-American responses to nothing more than nativist rhetoric. These proposals underscore how the administration has been systematically failing to follow U.S. and international law on basic principles such as our requirement to protect people fleeing persecution. Congress should not fall for the kind of hateful rhetoric that the administration and a handful of vocal anti-immigrant antagonists echo to bolster their objectives.”
 
"The administration needs to stop listening to hate-mongerers and pay more attention to our nation’s history of valuing immigrants, to the opinions of the vast majority of the American public who want a different path for undocumented immigrants and to what is moral and just, keeping the United States as a place where ‘liberty and justice for all’ may be found."