Asylum Seekers are not Political Fodder

US Mexico border

Last Updated on January 16, 2024.

Washington Win Without War Executive Director Sara Haghdoosti released the following statement in response to reports of a “seismic shift” in Biden administration immigration policy, tied to ongoing negotiations over the national security supplemental:

“Senate Democrats and President Biden must reject any supplemental negotiation that leverages temporary foreign aid for the return of Trump-era immigration and asylum crackdowns.

“The far-right demands serving as the basis of negotiation are drastic, ineffective, and cruel, especially to families and children seeking safety in the United States. Indefinite expulsion authorities, family detention, expedited removal – these shameful ideas are straight out of Trump and Stephen Miller’s playbook. The notion that Democrats would codify into law what they failed to do is unthinkable.

“Choosing to negotiate permanent changes to asylum within a temporary funding package reveals, yet again, how truly broken Washington’s conception of ‘national security’ is. If Congress and the White House accept these extremist demands, they will undercut U.S. adherence to international law, increase instability in the Western Hemisphere, and strengthen extremist anti-democracy forces in the United States. They will also open the door to Republicans leveraging even more alarming concessions the next time this funding needs to be replenished. It’s political malpractice.” 


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December 15, 2023