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January 22, 2019

Trump-McConnell Bill Eviscerates Protection for Asylum Seekers

Washington, D.C.—In response to the “End the Shutdown and Secure the Border Act’’ under consideration in the Senate, Human Rights First’s Jennifer Quigley released the following statement:

The Trump-McConnell bill is nothing more than a hateful anti-immigration wish list, designed to hold the nation hostage in exchange for extremely harmful policies that make a mockery of America’s ideals. The Senate must reject it.

This proposal does nothing to make the United States safer. Instead, it eviscerates protection for people fleeing for their lives, particularly children. The Trump-McConnell bill would return children to horrific violence, increase the incarceration of families, and create unnecessary and discriminatory bars to asylum. 

This is not a compromise bill, it only compromises our nation’s values.

For more information or to speak with Quigley contact Corinne Duffy at DuffyC@humanrightsfirst.org or 202-370-3319.