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Opinion: We Could be Witnessing the End of Asylum

Jul 14, 2020

Blog Post

Mark Hetfield - President and CEO

A HIAS staffer talks with asylum seekers in Matamoros, Mexico.

(HIAS Mexico)

In 1948, after the Holocaust, the right to asylum was recognized in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to ensure that never again would anyone be trapped in their country of persecution.

On June 15 of this year, the Trump administration, using administrative law to further restrict refugees, proposed exhaustive new asylum regulations that, if implemented, could mark the end of asylum as we know it. It is no surprise that changes dismantling asylum are being proposed in the midst of a global pandemic and a sweeping national call for racial justice.

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