The ACLU, National Immigrant Justice Center, CGRS, and Human Rights First have filed a federal lawsuit today challenging the Trump administration’s policies regarding so-called “safe third country” agreements with Guatemala and other nations that force people fleeing for their lives to seek asylum in the same dangerous region they fled.

This week the Boards of Supervisors in San Francisco and Los Angeles Counties took a bold stand in support of immigrant women and others who turn to the United States for refuge. Both Boards unanimously condemned the Trump Administration’s cruel denial of asylum protection for survivors of domestic violence and called on the federal government and the courts to take decisive action to reverse the devastating impacts of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ 2018 Matter of A-B- decision.

CGRS applauds the bicameral introduction of the Refugee Protection Act (RPA) of 2019, led by Senator Patrick Leahy and Representative Zoe Lofgren and cosponsored by more than two dozen members of Congress. The RPA would restore justice to the U.S. asylum and refugee resettlement systems and revive our country’s founding commitment to offer safe haven for those fleeing persecution