Posted on August 6, 2019 by Diana Roberts
“The Senate Judiciary Committee took action on Graham’s anti-asylum bill S.1494.
RAICES and other humanitarian organizations including Human Rights First, International Rescue Committee, The Immigration Hub, and the Center for American Progress have already voiced strong opposition to this legislation that seeks to undermine humane asylum policies including the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) and the Flores settlement.
Senator Graham’s anti-asylum bill would
- Extend time immigrant children spend in detention (nullifying the Flores settlement) Give the Department of Homeland Security – the oppressors currently responsible for deplorable detention conditions – “unreviewable discretion to determine the conditions of these facilities”
- Limit asylum claims to only those entering via ports of entry which violates both domestic and international law
- Require unaccompanied children to apply for asylum within one year
Prohibit states from requiring that family detention centers be certified by the state
- Create “refugee processing centers” in other countries which will further limit asylum claims as these claims will then be subject to refugee caps based on the President’s set number, which has been historically low under the Trump Administration
The end goal of this legislation is to completely strip humanitarian protections for immigrants and asylum-seeking newcomers to the United States and to reduce the number of asylum claims allowed. It’s, in essence, a way to subvert our duty to provide a legal process for those fleeing extreme and alarming violence in their home countries to seek refuge in the United States.”