Today the House Judiciary Committee will consider H.R. 391, legislation that would exile most asylum seekers to destruction and death in a crippling affront to American values. The Asylum Reform and Border Protection Act of 2017 (H.R. 391) seeks to reform asylum so it would exclude refugees from Central America fleeing unrelenting gang violence, persecution by government officials, and severe domestic violence from receiving protection in the United States. The bill is a shocking abdication of fundamental and bipartisan American values and longstanding international obligations. NIJC calls on Congress and members of the House Judiciary Committee to reject H.R. 391 in its entirety.
Diane Eikenberry is the associate director of policy at NIJC.