Asylum Seekers Turned Away at Border

Asylum Seekers Turned Away at Border

Yesterday, immigration advocacy groups claimed that U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officers are allegedly turning away asylum seekers at the border, before their claims can be heard. Doing so is a direct violation of obligations under U.S. and international law.

Six advocacy groups, including AILA (the American Immigration Lawyers Association), ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union), and the American Immigration Council, have demanded an investigation into the matter. Since last summer, reports were being made that many trying to cross the U.S./Mexico border (from Texas to California) were told that they needed a visa, that they could not seek asylum, or that they had to petition Mexican authorities for relief – others were allegedly told that the U.S. was no longer accepting asylum applications.

International law allows people to seek asylum in the U.S. if they are persecuted because of their race, religion, nationality, political beliefs, or other factors that identify them as a member of a particular social group. No changes to this policy have been made, and if any individual entering the U.S. expresses fear of returning to their home country, officials must send them to an asylum officer. To learn more about this issue, follow the link below.


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