On Wednesday, July 25, 2018, the House Appropriations Committee adopted an amendment by Congressman David Price (D-NC) reversing guidance by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to prohibit asylum claims for victims of domestic or gang violence. Congressman Price, the former Chairman and current member of the Homeland Security Appropriations Committee, offered this amendment following a trip to the southern border where he met with migrants fleeing direct and deadly threats of violence from gangs. Previously, on July 11, the Appropriations Committee passed an amendment by Rep. Price to increase oversight and transparency of the status of families separated by President Trump’s “zero-tolerance” policy.
“Last weekend, I had the opportunity to travel to our nation’s southern border to conduct oversight of President Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda and meet personally with immigrants who fled their countries after experiencing gang violence or domestic abuse,” said Congressman David Price. “I’m extremely pleased my amendment reversing the Trump administration’s misguided and callous decision to deny these individuals the ability to seek asylum was passed by the House Appropriations Committee. Today marks a significant step in reversing one of the administration’s most egregious immigration policies, and I’m proud to have the bipartisan support of my colleagues in this Committee.”
“This amendment gives real hope to our efforts to stop the administration’s rollback of asylum law that will result in the return of the world’s most vulnerable families and individuals to the life-threatening persecution they fled,” said Alyson Sincavage, Senior Legislative Counsel at the America Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). “Tragically the administration has turned its back on survivors of domestic violence and others in need of humanitarian aid. Our nation cannot turn a blind eye to the people at our borders seeking protection from such horrors, and AILA is grateful to Congressman Price for defending our nation’s longstanding commitment to protect refugees and asylum seekers.”