Reps. Nadler and Lofgren: Trump Issues Illegal Regulation to Keep Refugees from Seeking Asylum in U.S.
Washington, D.C.—U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, Chair of the House Judiciary Committee (D-NY), and U.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Chair of the House Judiciary’s Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship, released the following statement concerning the Trump Administration’s new regulation to end asylum protection for most refugees from Central America:
“President Trump’s latest effort to undermine the rights of asylum seekers is morally reprehensible, un-American, and certainly illegal. In two clear ways this regulation violates the Immigration and Nationality Act, once again proving that President Trump will ignore the law to appease his base and keep the United States from remaining the safe haven we were founded to be.”
In addition to violating the Administrative Procedure Act by eliminating the opportunity for prior notice and public comment, Trump’s rule violates the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) in two primary ways:
House Democrats have long fought for the United States to remain a beacon of freedom and hope for all people across the world. Last month, Rep. Lofgren introduced and Rep. Nadler co-sponsored the Northern Triangle and Border Stabilization Act, legislation to address the root causes of the refugee crisis in Central America before it reaches our border. Also last month, Rep. Nadler and Lofgren voted for H.R. 3401, an emergency funding bill that would provide humanitarian assistance to migrant children and families in U.S. custody, ensuring they have access to clean water, healthy food, and appropriate shelter.