Speak Out to Protect Asylum!
The Trump administration's new proposed regulations will eviscerate the U.S. asylum system and would pave the way to deport nearly all adults, children, and families back to the dangers, persecution, and torture they fled.
We only have until July 15th to submit public comments expressing our outrage and opposition to this proposed rule. We need a flood of comments against this rule to protect asylum seekers fleeing persecution.
After three years of attacking asylum seekers, the Trump administration's proposed regulations would deal a fatal blow to asylum as we know it. Asylum is a human right and we must fight back to ensure the United States is a haven for the persecuted.
Send your comment now to stop the proposed rule and protect asylum!
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Below is a sample comment that you can modify with your own personal opinion and experiences. The government only reviews and counts unique comments, so DO NOT just copy and paste the sample comment. Modify the text and add your own voice to reflect your own professional expertise and personal experiences, or those of people you know, and explain why you believe the United States must offer protection to those fleeing persecution.
I am writing today to express my strong opposition to the proposed rules, DHS/EOIR; RIN 1125-AA94; EOIR Docket No. 18-0002, which is one of the most devastating and comprehensive attacks on asylum seekers yet. The U.S. government has made it harder and harder for people fleeing harm in their countries of origins to find safety here, and I think this is wrong.
I believe the United States should welcome refugees and asylum seekers into our communities because [choose one or more: our laws require it / international law and human rights norms require it / my own family came to the United States seeking safety / other reasons unique to you]. Asylum seekers make the incredibly difficult decision to upend their lives and uproot their families to seek safety and stability; once in the United States, they enrich and strengthen our communities. If this rule becomes final, the United States will no longer be a place of welcome for these brave people.
[Explain why you believe it is imperative that the United States provide a safe haven for asylum seekers fleeing harm, including your own experiences with asylum seekers or asylees who have personally impacted your life.]
The Trump administration has already begun dismantling the asylum system, returning countless asylum seekers to harm and death. I object to these rules because I fear for the lives of those who will be deported to harm, and because I object to the false assertions the administration makes throughout the proposed rules, labeling asylum seekers as fraudsters without proof and in furtherance of racist and xenophobic tropes. Implementation of these rules will irrevocably devastate the United States asylum system and leave even more asylum seekers without anywhere to turn for safety. The Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice should immediately withdraw their current proposal, and instead dedicate their efforts to ensuring that individuals fleeing violence are granted full and fair access to asylum protections in the United States.
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Speak Out to Protect Asylum!
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