Representative Sheila Jackson Lee

Representing the 18th District of TEXAS

CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEE STATEMENT ON THE PRESIDENT’S ANNOUNCED CHANGES TO ASYLUM POLICY

Jul 15, 2019
Press Release

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July 15, 2019                                                                           202-225-3816

 

Press Statement

 

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Statement on the President’s Announced Changes to Asylum Policy

 

Jackson Lee: “The President’s announced change to this policy has no input from the Congress, no commitment to the ideals which make this country work, and no workable guidance as to how this policy would work in practice.  In the meanwhile, desperate asylum seekers continue to come to the United States, seeking the freedom this nation provides.”

 

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, senior Member of the House Committees on Budget, Judiciary and Homeland Security released this statement following announcement by the President to changes to our nation’s asylum laws:

 

“I strongly object to the President’s decision to unilaterally change the asylum apparatus in the United States.  The right to seek asylum is an important one, part of national and international law, and unilaterally changing the protocols of this basic universal right to suit his own desires is not a way to manage the parameters of this important policy; it is an “asylum fiat.”  The President’s announced change to this policy has no input from the Congress, no commitment to the ideals which make this country work, and no workable guidance as to how this policy would work in practice.  In the meanwhile, desperate asylum seekers continue to come to the United States, seeking the freedom this nation provides.  This new rule, however, means they will be “imprisoned” in countries where they did not intend to stay, and do not want to live.  This is not how to regulate the promise of this nation as the last best hope of the world.  It is xenophobic and it is wrong.”

 

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Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is a Democrat from Texas’s 18th Congressional District. She is a senior member of the House Committees on Judiciary and Homeland Security.

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