Lofgren Statement on Reports DHS will illegally expel asylum applicants to Mexico

January 24, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship, today issued the following statement regarding news reports that the Trump Administration will begin illegally sending asylum applicants across the border to Mexico while they wait for their immigration hearing:

“Once again, the President is seeking to illegally circumvent our Nation’s immigration laws.  Returning asylum seekers to Mexico is just the latest attempt by this Administration to undermine our asylum system and those seeking refuge from harm.

“Today’s announcement creates more questions than answers. Even putting aside the unlawfulness of this action, we do not know where these asylum seekers will be held, who will be responsible for their safety, how and where their hearings will take place, or how access to counsel will be handled.  Instead of these theatrics, the President should work with Congress to reopen the government and engage in bipartisan discussions to improve conditions in our hemisphere and achieve real border security.”

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