The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) recently issued proposed asylum regulations that will make it nearly impossible for people to pursue asylum claims in the United States. Asylum is a lifeline for tens of thousands of vulnerable people fleeing persecution. It is a form of legal protection offered to those already in the U.S. who cannot safely return to their home countries. Obtaining asylum is already a difficult, lengthy, and costly process, and the proposed regulations are another attempt to close our borders.

This new rule would not only violate the United States’ humanitarian duties under both domestic and international law, but will result in countless women, men, and children being sent back to constant danger in their home countries. If this rule is published as written, the U.S. will cease to be a global leader in providing protection to the most vulnerable.

Our attorneys at the International Institute of New England provide high quality and affordable immigration legal services to families and businesses, and many people in our services are asylees who are active, engaged members of their communities.

Click here to read the public comment by IINE’s Managing Attorney, Chiara St. Pierre.