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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Senator Seeks Answers on Asylum Process at the Border


In a letter dated 7/24/17, Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has requested that the Department of Homeland Security detail the agency’s efforts to follow federal law requiring that those seeking asylum be given the opportunity to appear before an immigration judge.

Amid numerous reports that asylum seekers are being turned away at the US-Mexico border, the Senator has asked for clarification of US Customs and Border Protection policy regarding this issue.

With former DHS Secretary John Kelly accepting a new position as White House Chief of Staff, it remains to be seen how the agency will respond to Senator Feinstein’s request. One thing is certain: there IS a problem at the border, and the United States must give asylum seekers the protections that they deserve rather than turning them away at the border.

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