July 15, 2019

Harris Denounces Trump Administration’s Move to Restrict Asylum for Central Americans

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) on Monday released a statement after the Trump administration announced a new rule that restricts access to asylum protections for individuals who travel through other countries.  

“The administration’s move to restrict asylum for Central Americans is deliberately cruel. America should embrace its moral responsibility to serve as a safe haven for children and families fleeing violence and persecution.

“Let’s be perfectly clear: the Trump administration has deeply exacerbated an ongoing humanitarian crisis by sending asylum-seekers back to Mexico to wait for their court dates, separating families at the border, and detaining immigrants in wretched conditions. Inflicting unnecessary punishment on desperate people neither addresses the root issues of this crisis nor keeps our country safe.”