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Tahirih Statement on New Proposed EOIR Rule to Restrict Asylum

In yet another attack on asylum, the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) proposed new rules on September 21, 2020 that would further increase barriers to asylum—dealing yet another blow to survivors of gender-based violence who are trying to access safety and justice. Among the proposed changes include shortened and stricter deadlines for asylum seekers to submit applications, requiring individuals in deportation proceedings to file within 15 days of their first hearing. Survivors would also face a narrow 180-day adjudication deadline for asylum applications and not be allowed continuances past that deadline, with limited exceptions.

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