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On June 15, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security and the Executive Office for Immigration Review issued a proposed set of rules that would virtually end the right to asylum as we know it. The proposed rule will severely restrict due process for asylum seekers and eligibility to apply for asylum. Among many other changes, the regulation would:
  • Eliminate gender as grounds for asylum, which will deny asylum to those fleeing violence on the basis of their gender including victims of domestic violence and LGBTQ+ individuals.
  • Deny an application without a hearing in an immigration court, as judges would be able to "pre-termit" asylum claims so an applicant may never get to tell their story in court or share testimony.
  • Dismiss asylum claims from those who have been in the U.S. for more than 1 year or those who have worked in the U.S. without authorization or paying taxes.
  • Dismiss claims from individuals who spend more than 14 days in another country before arriving in the U.S. to seek asylum.
  • Not require judges to consider "cumulative impact" of multiple incidents of harm, barring individuals who experienced multiple, "minor" incidents of violence over time even if these incidents still had enormous repercussions for their health and well-being.
These are just a few of the sweeping changes in this 161-page proposal that will eliminate the fundamental right to seek asylum for many, and endanger thousands of migrant families and individuals.
This rule is open for public comment UNTIL JULY 15You can submit a comment in opposition here
 - Please see the attached template to write a comment opposing this rule. 
 - As much as possible, fill in your own words about why you oppose this proposed rule (entirely copied statements may be grouped together to count as only one comment).
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Please share and forward to as many as you can to submit comments before the July 15 deadline!

Thank you,

DFC Immigrant & Refugee Health Committee
Email: immigranthealth@doctorsforchange.org
Website:
 www.doctorsforchange.org/immigrant-health/
 
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