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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Changes to Guidelines for Determining Credible Fear in Asylum Seekers

Amid so many public Executive Order pronouncements, the Trump administration has quietly instituted guidelines that will change how asylum seekers' cases are handled. The new instructions can be found in a "lesson plan" for asylum officers which went into effect on February 27. 

The document was provided to CNN by Tahirih Justice Center, an organization that defends immigrant women and children fleeing violence, who received it as members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association's national asylum committee.

"The lesson plan is a disappointing shift for the Asylum Division, the part of our government tasked with implementing asylum law and protecting refugees, the most vulnerable people in the world," said Archi Pyati, chief of policy and programs at Tahirih. "Victims of violence who meet the definition of a refugee will be unfairly turned away before they've even talked to a lawyer, counselor, or judge. That is not due process. That is not protection. That is not American."

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