by Sunny Robinson
Nearly all the immigration policies the Trump administration has put in place are not only inhumane, but also violations of the United States’ own asylum laws and international protocols on asylum to which the U.S. is a signatory. What then are those policies? And what do we do about them? US policy says that any “alien” who is physically present in the US, whatever their status, may apply for asylum. The UN defines a refugee as a person who is unable or unwilling to return to his or her country due to past persecution or a well-founded fear of being persecuted in the future due to race, religion, nationality, social group or political opinion.
by Jeanne Gallo
The United States government maintains the largest immigration detention system in the world. This barbaric practice did not begin with Donald Trump, though he has magnified its cruelty to extremes. Over the last four decades, US lawmakers have helped create a multi-billion-dollar industry for the incarceration of immigrants. Forty years ago, this system did not exist. Why are people from Central America seeking asylum here? Their answer: “We are here because you were there.”
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