Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis released the following statement after the Board of Supervisors approved her motion to send a five-signature letter to the U.S. Attorney General, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the LA County Congressional Delegation to express the Board’s firm opposition to the interim final rule, “Asylum Eligibility and Procedural Modifications”:

“The Trump Administration’s broad changes to U.S. asylum policies are an attempt to dismantle core principles of U.S. immigration law that protect vulnerable asylum seekers from being deported back to face persecution in their nations of origin.

Under this new rule, which took effect July 16, any refugee who passes through another country while en route to the U.S., but does not apply for asylum in that other country will be deemed ineligible for asylum in the United States. This policy shift could result in the Trump Administration sending back most aslyum-seekers to their native countries, which goes against international law and endangers refugees who are seeking a safe haven by lawfully petitioning for asylum in the United States.

This heartless rule jeopardizes the lives of women, unaccompanied minors, and families who are escaping violence and persecution in their home countries. These women, men and children are following the law by seeking asylum at our border, and are being detained and locked up by this Administration. This is a question of moral and human decency.

My Board motion directs County Counsel to recommend filing an amicus brief to support any other legal action challenging this rule, including possibly joining East Bay Sanctuary Covenant v. Barr, filed in California on July 16. LA County will speak out against this Administration’s cruel, inhumane, and hateful immigration enforcement policies.

Today’s action marks the 39rd immigration motion Supervisor Solis has authored to protect, defend, and fight for the rights of immigrants since the 2016 presidential election. Her efforts include a motion to establish sensitive locations throughout the County, a $3 million dollar contribution to the LA Justice Fund, and the creation of the first-ever County Office of Immigrant Affairs. To view a complete list of these actions, please click here.    

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Contact: Deputy Communications Director Rosa Maria Santana, 213-359-0795 or rsantana@bos.lacounty.gov