CGRS condemns the Trump Administration’s new rule dramatically expanding expedited removal. The new rule targets for immediate deportation anyone, anywhere in the country, who cannot prove they have been in the United States for over two years, simply on the word of a low-ranking ICE or CBP officer. “This new rule is yet another example of the Trump Administration’s determination to undermine our asylum system and curtail the rights of immigrants and asylum seekers with the most draconian measures possible,” CGRS Gender Asylum Campaign Director Kate Jastram said today.

CGRS denounces the new interim final rule announced by the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security today, which will deny asylum to those seeking protection at our southern border if they do not first apply for asylum from a third country while en route to the United States. This new rule will effectively slam the door on asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border, including unaccompanied children traveling alone, and marks yet another shameful attempt by the Trump Administration to rewrite our immigration laws and turn its back on refugees.

CGRS decries the Trump Administration’s planned raids on immigrant and asylum-seeking families and stands ready to defend the rights of impacted communities. These raids, which are scheduled to commence on Sunday, will target thousands of immigrant community members, including asylum seekers, mixed-status families, and teenagers who came to the United States as unaccompanied children.