Reader Mitzi Hellmer, an immigration lawyer, writes:
PLEASE HELP! WE NEED AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE TO SUBMIT COMMENTS BEFORE JULY 15. Trump’s latest proposal to kill asylum is a doozy. The administration wants to define asylum in such a narrow way as to basically eliminate the protection altogether. This would endanger the lives of thousands of desperate people who have abandoned everything to seek refuge in this country, especially Central Americans whose countries have been decimated by US foreign policy. Indeed, these proposed regulations seem specifically drafted with Central Americans in mind. For example, they would bar those fleeing gang violence and persecution on account of their gender from asylum, despite the fact that Central America is one of the most dangerous places in the world for women and that even the President of El Salvador has called gangs “a parallel state.” These proposals are racist to their core and an outrage against our treaty obligations.
I know that a lot of Trump’s horrid attacks against immigrants have been stayed by courts, but these might actually stick. Why? Because unlike his previous outrages, he’s actually following the law which requires that he notify the public about any proposed changes to the regulations and allow them to comment. Each individual comment must be addressed by the administration before the new regulations can be implemented, so the more individual comments we get, the more likely it is that the regulations will become more humane. Or, at the very least, more comments might slow things down enough that we might have a non-sociopath in the White House before these horrid restrictions ever get implemented.
So, we’re asking EVERYONE to please submit a unique comment on these proposed regulations BEFORE JULY 15. There are templates and information available at the links below, as well as guidance about where to submit comments (you can do it online). Thank you so much for helping! For what you did for the least of these, you did for me.
“So far there are 4711 public comments against the proposed asylum regulations that will totally gut our asylum system. LET’S DOUBLE THAT NUMBER. The public charge comment received 280,000 comments and it slowed things down by 10 months. The recent asylum employment authorization regs that just went into effect received around 1000 comments that took from November to June to issue. Let’s comment ourselves and motivate at least FIVE people in our lives (including our spouses, office staff, interns, best friends, etc) to comment, too. There are tons of resources and comment templates. I like the NIJC one available here.
There are tons of other resources to choose from, including prerecorded webinars, videos, Op Eds, articles, etc, to educate yourself and your community about these proposed regs also on this site.
There is NO excuse not to comment. Make it unique. – PLEASE COMMENT.”