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Rep. Chu Condemns Trump Asylum Changes

April 30, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC — On Monday night, President Trump issued a memo calling for changes to the legal asylum system. These changes include charging migrants a fee to apply for asylum and denying work authorization to asylum seekers in the US while they wait for their day in court. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) issued the following statement:

"This policy won't impact the flow of refugees or migrants to our Southern border. What it will do is ensure their lives are harder when they get here. This is just the latest hateful policy from the Trump administration. By putting a price on freedom, Trump is saying that America is only a home for those who are worth a certain amount of money. He may judge people solely on their financial wealth, but we do not. That’s a heartless reaction to somebody at your doorstep who just fled violence and persecution. And preventing those who are here from being able to work just makes life unbearably difficult for them, even as our need for labor grows. This new policy will obviously be challenged in court, since the legality of all of this is suspect, but Trump never cared about what’s legal. He’s solely interested in encouraging bigotry and enacting xenophobic policies that leave immigrants more vulnerable. "

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