CNN reports that the Trump administration has issued changes that will make it more difficult for immigrants to seek asylum in the United States. The changes came through the Department of Homeland Security’s updated lesson plan for asylum officers, which was provided to CNN by the Tahirih Justice Center.
Tahirih’s Chief of Policy and Programs, Archi Pyati, spoke to CNN about the impact that these changes will have on survivors of violence seeking refuge in the United States:
“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,” said Pyati.